Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said that he would travel to Manipur soon and stay in the northeast state for three days. He said that he would speak to the people of Manipur in order to establish peace in the violence-hit state. This comes after fresh incidents of violence were reported in Manipur.
"I will myself go to Manipur after a few days and will stay there for three days and will talk to the people of Manipur for establishing peace," Amit Shah said.
Talking about the violence in Manipur, Amit Shah said, "There were clashes in Manipur after a court verdict. I would appeal to both groups that they should maintain peace, and justice will be done for everyone."
ABOUT MANIPUR VIOLENCE
Violence broke out in several districts of Manipur earlier this month during the 'Tribal Solidarity March' called by All Tribal Student Union Manipur (ATSUM) in Torbung area of Churachandpur district to protest the demand of non-tribal Meiteis for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status. Thousands of agitators took part in the rally, during which clashes between tribals and non-tribals broke out.
Following the violence, a curfew was imposed in eight districts of Manipur and mobile internet services were suspended in the entire northeastern state for several days. The violence in Manipur was preceded by tension over the eviction of Kuki villagers from reserve forest land, which had led to a series of smaller agitations.
Meiteis account for about 53 per cent of Manipur's population and live mostly in the Imphal Valley. Tribals -- Nagas and Kukis -- constitute another 40 per cent of the population and reside in the hill districts.
On Wednesday, the house of Manipur PWD Minister Konthoujam Govindas in Bishnupur district was vandalised by a group of people claiming that the government in the strife-torn state is not doing enough to protect locals from militants belonging to another community.
The minister and his family members, however, were not present at the house when the mob attacked the house in Ningthoukhong area and damaged a portion of a gate, windows, a few furniture and electronic gadgets.
This is the first time a minister’s house was attacked during the ongoing ethnic violence between Meitei and Kuki community people in the state that started three weeks ago and claimed more than 70 lives. Army and paramilitary forces have been deployed to control the situation in the state.