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Business News/ News / India/  ‘CBI will probe Manipur violence’, says Amit Shah

‘CBI will probe Manipur violence’, says Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah during his four-day visit to Manipur, met with civil society organizations and announced a committee to monitor a special CBI probe into clashes in the state.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses a press conference, in Imphal, Manipur, Thursday, June 1, 2023. (PTI)Premium
Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses a press conference, in Imphal, Manipur, Thursday, June 1, 2023. (PTI)

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who is on a four-day visit to violence-hit Manipur, on Thursday said that the central government has constituted a committee headed by a retired high court judge to monitor a special CBI probe into incidents of clashes in the northeastern state.

“Have visited relief camps, met both Kuki and Meitei civil groups, and discussed peace process in Manipur," Shah said.

Addressing a press conference in Manipur, the home minister said, “I urge citizens of Manipur to not pay heed to fake news. Strict actions will be taken against anyone violating the Suspension of Operations (SoO) agreement."

“Those carrying weapons must surrender before the police. Combing operations will start from tomorrow and if weapons are found with anyone, strict actions will be taken," he added. 

He highlighted that a rehabilitation package and special provisions will be put in place to ensure that students do not fall back on exams and studies have been chalked out.

"The next of kin of those who lost their lives in the violence will be given 5 lakh by the central government and 5 lakh by the Manipur government as compensation. This amount will be transferred to the victims through DBT. Special medical officers will ensure medical facilities in areas hit by violence," he said.

During his third day in the state, Amit Shah visited Moreh and Kangpokpi, holding comprehensive discussions with civil society organizations and receiving briefings from senior security officials.

In Moreh, the home minister met with a delegation comprising representatives from the hill tribal council, kuki students organization, kuki chiefs association, tamil sangam, gorkha samaj, and manipuri muslim council.

The delegates expressed their strong support for the government’s initiatives aimed at restoring normalcy in the state. Discussions covered a wide range of issues pertinent to the well-being and development of Manipur.

Shah also took the opportunity to receive a briefing on the security situation from senior officials.

Moving to Kangpokpi, Amit Shah engaged with delegations from various civil society organizations, including the Committee on Tribal Unity, Kuki Inpi Manipur, Kuki Student Organization, Thadou Inpi, as well as prominent personalities and intellectuals. He assured the attendees that the supply of essential items in the hill areas would be guaranteed.

Additionally, he pledged to provide helicopter services to cater to emergency needs in Churachandpur, Moreh, and Kangpokpi.

He also reiterated the government’s determination to lead Manipur back to a state of peace and harmony, emphasizing the urgency of their return to their homes.

Manipur has been grappling with heightened tension and unrest following a recent surge of inter-ethnic violence, resulting in the deaths of at least 70 individuals and the displacement of tens of thousands.

The initial trigger for this violence was the Kuki community's frustration regarding the potential allocation of guaranteed quotas for government jobs and other benefits to the Meitei community as a form of affirmative action.

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Updated: 01 Jun 2023, 12:24 PM IST
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