Manipur: Violence and House Burning Reported During Amit Shah's Visit

Unknown assailants fired at a village in the Bishnupur-Churachandpur districts and houses were set on fire in villages in the Imphal East and Kangpokpi districts.

New Delhi: On the morning of Wednesday, May 31, several persons were injured in firing by unidentified persons near Tangjeng village along the Bishnupur-Churachandpur districts of Manipur, even as Union home minister Amit Shah continued to meet with leaders of Meitei and Kuki communities in a bid to end the violence that has now been continuing for nearly a month.

According to Deccan Herald, “houses were set on fire in villages under Thouban Dam police station in Imphal East district and in the Island subdivision of Kuki-dominated Kangpokpi district on Tuesday night”.

Shah visited Moreh and Kangpokpi districts on Wednesday morning, where he met leaders of the Kuki and Meitei communities. The home minister, who has been in Manipur since Monday, also met the Army and other security agencies in Moreh.

Shah directed the security agencies to “take stern and prompt actions to prevent violence, against armed miscreants and recover looted weapons to bring back normalcy at the earliest”, according to a statement issued on Wednesday evening.

Since the violence between Meitei and Kuki communities began on May 3, at least 75 persons have died, hundreds injured and nearly 50,000 displaced.

According to Deccan Herald, the Manipur government extended the internet ban – both mobile and broadband – until June 5. The report added that the state’s chief minister N. Biren Singh also urged people to return weapons “which were snatched during the riot from police battalions and police stations, both in the Valley and in the Hills”. More than 1,000 weapons were snatched but less than 500 half have been recovered or returned.