BJP MLA Vungzagin Valte, attacked by protesters in violence-hit Manipur, stable

  • BJP MLA Vungzagin Valte, who was attacked by protesters in violence-hit Manipur, is stable

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Updated5 May 2023
People near the site of a fire after violence broke out during the 'Tribal Solidarity March'
People near the site of a fire after violence broke out during the ’Tribal Solidarity March’(PTI)

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Vungzagin Valte, who was attacked by protesters in violence-hit Manipur, is now stable and is recuperating at a hospital outside the state. P Doungel, DGP Manipur, said the BJP MLA was airlifted out of the state after he was attacked by the protesters.

“He [Vungzagin Valte] has been airlifted out of the state. His condition is stable. We have received strict orders that if someone does any mistake they will not be spared. Army has received flag march orders,” P Doungel said.

The Imphal Valley in Manipur, which was relatively more peaceful than Thursday, witnessed sporadic clashes. More security forces have been rushed in from other states to contain the violence which has been going on for the past 48 hours.

At least 13,000 people have been rescued from Imphal ever since violence broke out. "In the past 12 hours, Imphal East and West districts witnessed sporadic incidents of arson and attempts by inimical elements to establish blockades. However, the situation was controlled by a firm and synergised response," the Defence official said.

As a preventive measure amid the spiralling violence, the Manipur government has suspended internet services for five days. 

The All Tribal Student Union Manipur (ATSUM) on Wednesday held a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ in 10 districts. They were protesting the demands by the non-tribal Meiteis for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status, who are in the majority in the state.

During the solidarity march, a mob reportedly attacked people from the Meitei community which led to the violence in parts of the state.

The “shoot at sight" orders have been issued for "extreme cases" to contain spiralling violence in the state.

(With agency inputs)

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