Was there a conspiracy to ignite Manipur again? Army got stock of arms and ammunition, know how the situation is now
Imphal. After violence broke out again in Manipur on May 22, the situation is currently tense, but the situation is completely under control. Meanwhile, the army has recovered a cache of arms and ammunition. News agency ANI quoted the Indian Army as saying, ‘Based on inputs, a mobile vehicle check post was set up at Kangchuk Chingkhong Junction in Manipur. A car was stopped at 9:35 pm on Tuesday night, from which 5 shotguns, 5 improvised local grenades and 3 carton shotgun ammunition were recovered. The army said in its statement that three people in the car have been arrested and handed over to the police along with the recovered weapons.
In fact, four armed men, including a former MLA, forced people to close their shops in New Chekon area of Imphal East district on Monday, after which violence erupted once again. Locals armed with licensed guns were found erecting temporary ‘bunkers’ to defend their areas against any possible attack at some places, including Fukhao and Leitanpokpi in Imphal East district, police said. On Monday, security forces destroyed five such ‘bunkers’ in Sinam Khaitong village in Imphal West.
Dharna demonstrations were held in the districts located in the valley, in which mostly women participated. The protesters demanded that the Suspension of Operation (SOO) with the Kuki militants be revoked and action be taken against them. He also demanded to send ‘illegal immigrants from Myanmar’ to their country and stop the cultivation of opium in the mountainous areas. The protesters also protested against the demand of bifurcation of the state by the MLAs of the hill region.
People living in areas adjacent to the mountainous regions have complained of Kuki militants coming into the valley and firing on civilians. At least three people were injured in a similar incident recently in Moidangpok village of Imphal West district. On Monday evening, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh appealed to the people not to set fire to the houses of innocent people. He told that three people including a former MLA have been arrested in the New Checon incident. The mob had thrashed the man with the weapon, while three others fled the scene.
The chief minister said, “We will initiate legal action against those involved in illegal activities… We have also decided to call in more than 20 platoons of security personnel from central forces.” About 10,000 soldiers of the Army and Assam Rifles are currently deployed in the state. Security forces are conducting aerial surveillance with the help of drones and Cheetah helicopters. Biren Singh said that action will be taken against those who spread hatred and enmity on social media inside and outside the state.
Internet services have been suspended since the violence started in Manipur. It is alleged that the people of Meitei and Kuki communities living outside the state are spreading hatred through their respective social media posts. The Chief Minister said, “We need to sit together and talk to restore normalcy and peace.” Violent clashes took place in Manipur after a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ was organized in several districts on May 3 to protest against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.
(Also from Input Agency)
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FIRST PUBLISHED : May 24, 2023, 09:05 IST