Manipur Violence: It’s been a month and a half, but there is no end to the violence in Manipur. Former Lt Gen Nishikant Singh compared the situation in his state to war-torn Libya, Lebanon and Syria. He tweeted and wrote that I am an ordinary Indian from Manipur who is living a retired life. The state is now ‘stateless’. Life and property can be destroyed by anyone at any time. As is happening in Libya, Lebanon, Nigeria, Syria. Manipur seems to have been left to its own devices. is anyone listening
Former lieutenant’s tweet was retweeted by former army chief Ved Prakash Malik and said that an exceptionally sad call from a retired lieutenant general from Manipur. The law and order situation in Manipur requires immediate attention at the highest level. Malik tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh in his tweet.
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Violence broke out in Manipur on May 3
Violence broke out in Manipur on May 3. Over 100 people have been killed so far in the violence that began after a tribal solidarity march against the demand to include the Meitai community of Imphal Valley in the Scheduled Tribe category. Thousands of people are forced to live in refugee camps outside Manipur. No one is safe in Manipur. Union minister RK Ranjan Singh’s house in Imphal was vandalized and set on fire by a mob on Thursday. Home guards were also deployed at the residence. But failed to stop the violence.
Minister Ranjan said – I am shocked
RK Ranjan Singh said on Friday that I am shocked. The law and order situation in Manipur is a complete failure. It is very sad to see what is happening in my home state. I will still continue to appeal for peace. People involved in such violence are absolutely inhuman.
Citizen groups demand restoration of peace from PM Modi
Amid the ongoing violence, several civil society groups have urged PM Modi to set up a court-monitored tribunal to restore peace in Manipur. Also sought compensation for the victims. People said that the Prime Minister should take responsibility for the present situation in Manipur. A court-monitored tribunal should be set up to establish the facts, and heal the wounds that have torn Manipur’s communities apart, to bridge the divide and pave the way for justice.
17 people arrested on Friday
On 14 June, miscreants torched the official residence of Manipur minister Nemcha Kipjen in Imphal West. At least nine people lost their lives and five others were injured in the violence that broke out late on Tuesday. Manipur Police on Friday arrested at least 17 people in various cases of arson in the state.
A godown was torched by a mob in Imphal on Friday, following which they clashed with Manipur’s Rapid Action Force (RAF), a PTI report said. However, the fire did not spread to neighboring houses as fire brigade personnel and security forces rushed to the spot and brought it under control.
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