Manipur violence: Situation under control, says Indian Army
5 May, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma
Following clashes in some areas of Manipur, the Indian Army declared that the situation in Moreh and Kangpokpi areas had been stabilised and brought under control.
Following clashes in some areas of Manipur, the Indian Army declared that the situation in Moreh and Kangpokpi areas had been stabilised and brought under control. The Indian Army added that every effort is being made to get things back to normal in the Churachandpur and Imphal areas.
“Situation in Moreh and Kangpokpi brought under control and it is stable. All efforts are underway to restore normalcy in Imphal and Churachandpur. The precautionary build-up of additional troops in Manipur continued,” said Indian Army officials.
Additional columns were also redeployed from Nagaland, they said.
“In addition, Indian Air Force will be undertaking flying operations to induct additional Indian Army columns commencing tonight from Guwahati and Tezpur,” said Indian Army.
After violence broke out on May 3 at a rally organised by the All Tribals Students Union (ATSU) Manipur to protest the demand for inclusion of Meitei/Meetei in the Scheduled Tribe category, army and paramilitary forces were deployed in Manipur, and flag marches were held to try to control the situation.
Following reports of violence in Manipur earlier on Thursday, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma convened an urgent meeting to ensure the security of students from Meghalaya.
Senior government officials were present at the meeting where the CM stressed the importance of ensuring the safety of all students. Additionally, he gave the officials instructions to develop a plan for evacuating students in case of emergency.
Over 200 Meghalayans are studying in Manipur, according to Sangma, and the government is setting up a helpline that students or family members can call in an emergency. The Army urged people to exercise caution when viewing fake videos.
“Fake Videos on the security situation in Manipur including a video of an attack on Assam Rifles post being circulated by inimical elements for vested interests. #IndianArmy requests all to rely on content through official & verified sources only,” the Spear Corps, Indian Army said in a tweet.
The All Tribal Student Union Manipur (ATSUM) organised a “Tribal Solidarity March” on May 3 in the Churachandpur district’s Torbung neighbourhood to protest the Meiteis’ demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status, which dominates the Imphal Valley.
The state government of Manipur has suspended mobile internet service for five days in order to address the deteriorating law and order situation that has arisen as a result of tribal groups holding rallies in several districts. A night curfew has also been implemented in a number of the state’s districts in addition to the prohibition on large gatherings.
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