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Business News/ News / Manipur violence: Centre constitutes committee to initiate peace process

Manipur violence: Centre constitutes committee to initiate peace process

The Centre has constituted a peace committee in Manipur, chaired by Governor Anusuiya Uikey, to facilitate peace-making among ethnic groups. Union Home Minister Amit Shah had earlier announced the formation of the committee, emphasizing the need for dialogue to resolve ongoing crises in the state.

Tribal people of Manipur take part in a ‘Tribal Solidarity protest’ against the ongoing tension in the state, at Jantar Mantar in New DelhiPremium
Tribal people of Manipur take part in a ‘Tribal Solidarity protest’ against the ongoing tension in the state, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi

Centre on 10 June has constituted peace committee in Manipur under the Chairpersonship of Governor Anusuiya Uikey. The peace committee comes in order to facilitate peace making process among various ethnic groups of the State, including peaceful dialogue and negotiations between conflicting parties/groups. 

The members of committee include Chief Minister, a few Ministers in the State Government, MP, MLAs and leaders from different political parties. 

Apart from them, the committee also includes former civil servants, educationists, litterateurs, artists, social workers and representatives of different ethnic groups.

Earlier on 1 June, while addressing a press conference, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had announced that a peace committee under the Governor of Manipur Anusuiya Uikey which will have representatives of all political parties, besides representatives from both Kuki and Meitei communities and social organisations will be set up.

"Dialogue is the only solution to the ongoing crisis in Manipur," Shah had said.

Violent clashes broke out in Manipur after a 'Tribal Solidarity March' was organised in the hill districts on May 3 to protest against the Meitei community's demand for Scheduled Tribes (ST) status. So far, nearly 100 people lost their lives and over 300 injured ever since the ethnic violence broke over a month ago.

On 9 June, CBI took over six Manipur violence cases, forming a special investigation team under a DIG-rank officer. Six FIRs were filed since violent clashes broke out in the north eastern state last month. 

Earlier, three individuals, including an elderly woman, were tragically killed in Manipur's Kangpokpi district. According to villagers, the assailants were dressed in police and India Reserve Battalion (IRB) uniforms, sparking allegations of their involvement. This incident occurred shortly after Kuldiep Singh, the security advisor to the Manipur government, claimed that the state had remained peaceful for 48 hours. The region has been grappling with ethnic clashes for over a month. Residents of Khoken village, predominantly inhabited by Kukis, reported that armed men arrived around 4 am and opened fire, remaining in the village for approximately two hours. Although police confirmed three fatalities and two injuries, they did not disclose further details about the attack.

(With inputs from agencies)


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Updated: 10 Jun 2023, 03:40 PM IST
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