Manipur violence: Mamata Banerjee urges PM Modi, Amit Shah to restore peace in violence-hit areas

Violence broke out on May 3 during the 'Tribal Solidarity March' called by the All Tribal Student Union Manipur (ATSUM) in the Torbung area of Churachandpur district to protest the demand by Meiteis, who dominate the Imphal Valley, for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.

Edited By Alka Jain
Published5 May 2023, 05:10 AM IST
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference at Nabanna, in Howrah
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference at Nabanna, in Howrah(PTI)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday expressed concern over violence-hit Manipur and urged PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah to restore peace in the northeastern state. 

Taking to Twitter, Banerjee said, “I am deeply concerned about the situation in Manipur. It is not the time for politics. Politics and elections can wait but our beautiful state Manipur has to be protected first. Thus I urge the Prime Minister and Home Minister to first take care of Manipur, and restore peace there.”

"I also urge our brothers and sisters of Manipur to stay calm, uphold peace and harmony. If we burn humanity today then we will seize to be a human tomorrow," tweeted Mamata Banerjee," she further tweeted. 

Violence broke out on May 3 during the 'Tribal Solidarity March' called by the All Tribal Student Union Manipur (ATSUM) in the Torbung area of Churachandpur district to protest the demand by Meiteis, who dominate the Imphal Valley, for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.

Amit Shah on Thursday held two meetings over video-conferencing and spoke with the Chief ministers of Manipur and neighboring states over violence in the northeastern state. Manipur government has issued shoot-at-sight orders in "extreme cases" to deal with the law and order situation.

Internet services continue to remain suspended in the wake of the violence that broke out during the 'Tribal Solidarity March' called by the All Tribal Student Union Manipur (ATSUM) on Wednesday.

The state government has also suspended mobile internet in the state for five days to tackle the worsening law and order situation after tribal groups took out rallies in several districts of Manipur. 

Along with a ban on large gatherings, a night curfew too has been imposed in several districts of the State. Curfew has been imposed in non-tribal-dominated Imphal West, Kakching, Thoubal, Jiribam, and Bishnupur districts, and tribal-dominated Churachandpur, Kangpokpi, and Tengnoupal districts.

A sub-committee has been formed to carry out identification drives of illegal migrants in the various districts, the sources said, adding that Manipur Population Commission has been constituted to gather data and ground reports.

The state government is also setting up temporary shelters for Myanmar nationals who have entered the state.

 

(With ANI inputs)

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