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Manipur Violence: Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister Hold Crucial Meeting to Tackle Unrest

The volatile situation unfolded when clashes erupted between the Meitei and Kuki communities in the northeastern region

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INDIA. Manipur: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Home Minister Amit Shah recently convened a crucial meeting to address the prevailing violence in the state of Manipur. Joining them were prominent figures such as Sambit Patra, the national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Manipur Speaker Satyabrata Singh, and Rajya Sabha MP Maharaja Sanajaoba Leishemba. The disturbing reports indicated that more than 100 lives were tragically lost in the harrowing massacre.

The volatile situation unfolded when clashes erupted between the Meitei and Kuki communities in the northeastern region. The tensions escalated on May 3, 2013, when a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ was organized to protest against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status. The aftermath of this event led to the imposition of a state curfew, coupled with the suspension of internet connectivity to curb further unrest.

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In light of recent developments, Chief Minister Singh took to his official Twitter account to express his gratitude to Minister Amit Shah for the productive meeting. Singh stated, “Called on Hon’ble Union Home Minister, Shri @AmitShah Ji in New Delhi today and briefed about the evolving situation on the ground in Manipur. Under Amit Shah Ji’s astute guidance, the state and central governments have made significant strides in containing the violence over the past week. Importantly, it is noteworthy that no casualties have been reported since June 13.”

Moreover, Singh conveyed that the Union Home Minister had assured him of the central government’s commitment to restoring peace and normalcy in Manipur. Amit Shah also urged all stakeholders in Manipur to join hands and cooperate, emphasizing the collective responsibility to ensure a peaceful environment in the state.

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Following his return to Manipur, Chief Minister Biren Singh addressed the media, revealing plans to engage various stakeholders in the process of achieving harmony and understanding among communities, thereby facilitating the restoration of normalcy. This inclusive approach seeks to involve existing civil society organizations, women’s groups, religious bodies, and other key players.

According to reports, the Meiteis represent 53 percent of Manipur’s population, predominantly residing in the Imphal Valley. On the other hand, the Tribal Nagas and Kukis account for 40 percent of the population and are spread across the hill districts. The clashes have left around 300 individuals severely injured and nearly 40,000 displaced, with 2,000 houses and shops reduced to ashes in the flames of anger and unrest.

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