54 people have died in Manipur violence so far: The situation is currently stable

54 people have died in Manipur violence so far: The situation is currently stable; 1,100 people from the state entered Assam

May 6, 2023 - 15:37
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54 people have died in Manipur violence so far: The situation is currently stable

So far 54 people have died in the violence that broke out over the Meitei reservation dispute in Manipur. At the same time, treatment of more than 100 people injured due to bullet injuries is currently underway at RIMS Imphal and Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Science. At present, the situation in Manipur is stable and life is returning to normal. Shops opened here on Saturday morning and cars were seen plying on the roads. A heavy security force is deployed in the area.
At the same time, officials said on Saturday that more than 1,100 people from Manipur's Jiribam district and surrounding areas have crossed the inter-state border and entered Assam's Cachar district. Most of these people are from the Kuki community and they fear that the protesters who attacked them on Thursday may have vandalized their homes as well. So they fled to Cachar for their safety.
Five militants were killed by the reserve force in two encounters in Churachandrapur district on Friday night. Two Reserve Force personnel were also injured in the encounters. Four militants were killed in an encounter between militants and security forces at Saiton here, police said. The second encounter took place in Torbang, where the militants opened fire on the security forces. In retaliatory action by the security forces, one militant was killed while two reserve force personnel were injured.
A spokesman for the security forces said that since the army took control of the Churachandrapur, Moreh, Kakching and Kangpokpi districts, more than 13,000 people have been rescued from these areas. He said that in the last 12 hours, violent elements tried to create arson and vitiate the atmosphere in Imphal East and West districts, but they were stopped by a strong response.
After the violence in Manipur, the situation started coming under control on Friday itself. Curfew was imposed in 8 out of 16 districts of the state. 55 columns of the army and a contingent of the Assam Rifles were deployed. There was no information on the death toll till Friday, although more than a hundred people were reported injured. Mobile internet was shut down indefinitely on Friday. Shoot-at-sight orders were given to the rioters, as well as trains to Manipur were stopped.

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Writer