Jairam Ramesh slams Centre on Manipur clashes, denounces ‘breakdown of law and order’
Taking to his personal Twitter handle, the Congress leader lashed out at the BJP for what he termed as the ‘complete breakdown of law and order’ in Manipur since violence broke three weeks ago.
Congress General Secretary in charge of Communications, Jairam Ramesh, strongly criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Central government for the recent violence in Manipur.
As per officials, Home Minister Amit Shah is scheduled to visit the unrest-hit state on Monday in order to assess the current situation. Jairam Ramesh, in his statement, expressed that a dreadful tragedy is unfolding in Manipur while criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's focus on his own self-inauguration, alluding to the unveiling of the new Parliament building on Sunday.
"Not a single appeal of peace issued by him nor has there been a genuine outreach to rebuild trust between communities. A delegation lead by the Congress President @kharge will be calling on Honble Rashtrapati on Tuesday morning," tweeted Jairam Ramesh.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Sunday said nearly 40 armed militants involved in torching houses and firing at civilians have been killed by security forces since they began an operation to bring peace to the north eastern state beset by ethnic rioting.
Separately, police officials said on Sunday said at least two persons were killed and 12 injured in different instances of firing upon civilians and clashes between militants and security forces since the early hours of the day.
The CM appealed to the public not to hinder the movement of security personnel and urged them to have "faith in the government and support the security forces."
Singh also said that there had been cases of armed militants firing at civilians with AK-47s, M-16 and sniper rifles. These militants were targeted by security forces in counter-attacks.
Clashes broke out in Manipur after a 'Tribal Solidarity March' was organized in the hill districts on May 3 to protest against the Meitei community's demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.
The northeastern states of India, located between Bangladesh, China, and Myanmar, have historically experienced significant tensions among various ethnic groups, turning the region into a volatile environment.
The recent violence in Manipur, which occurred in May, was primarily a clash between the majority Hindu Meitei community residing in and around the state capital Imphal, and the predominantly Christian Kuki tribe inhabiting the surrounding hills.
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