Manipur violence news: 140 weapons surrendered hours after Amit Shah's appeal
140 weapons were surrendered in Manipur mere hours after Home Minister Amit Shah's visit to take stock of the ethnic violence that has claimed over 75 lives. Shah had earlier announced plans for a judicial probe and the formation of a peace committee under the Governor of Manipur.
Less than a day after Home Minister Amit Shah's visit to Manipur, officials said that 140 weapons had been surrendered from different places in the state. The senior politician had visited the northeastern state to take stock of the situation in the wake of ethnic violence. During Shah's four day visit he also also met a cross section of people in region.
Ethnic clashes had broken out in Manipur last month after a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ was organised in the hill districts to protest against the Meitei community's demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status. The violence was preceded by tension over the eviction of Kuki villagers from reserve forest land, which had led to a series of smaller agitations. The clashes have so far claimed over 75 lives.
Around 140 columns of the Indian Army and Assam Rifles, comprising over 10,000 personnel, besides those from other paramilitary forces had to be deployed to bring back normalcy in the northeastern state.
(With inputs from agencies)
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