Manipur violence news: ‘We need your support’ posters adorn Imphal ahead of Amit Shah's visit
The ethnic clashes that have claimed more than 75 lives in Manipur broke out after a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ was organised in the hill districts on 3 May to protest against the Meitei community's demand for Scheduled Tribe status.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah is set to embark on a 4-day visit to violence-hit Manipur from Monday 29 May to 1 June. The union minister's visit aims to bolster peace in the north eastern state of India that has witnessed extreme violence since early May.
He is also expected to meet representatives from the civil society and various groups of the Meitei and the Kuki communities.
Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai had said during a press conference in Imphal that Shah is scheduled to visit Manipur on May 29 to resolve the ongoing crisis.
The ethnic clashes that have claimed more than 75 lives in Manipur broke out after a "Tribal Solidarity March" was organised in the hill districts on 3 May to protest against the Meitei community's demand for Scheduled Tribe status.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Sunday said nearly 40 armed ‘terrorists’ involved in torching houses and firing at civilians have been killed by security forces since an operation was launched to restore peace in the northeastern state.
The violence was preceded by tension over the eviction of Kuki villagers from reserve forest land, leading to a series of smaller agitations.
Shah on May 15 directed strict action against the perpetrators of violence in Manipur and assured the state of complete support from the Centre in ensuring lasting peace.
The directives came after Shah held a series of meetings with Singh, representatives of the Meitei and the Kuki communities and other stakeholders in New Delhi to review the measures taken for restoring peace in the state.
As many as 10 tribal MLAs belonging to the Chin-Kuki-Mizo-Zomi group in Manipur had demanded a separate administration for their region in the wake of recent violent clashes between the Meiteis and tribals.
Of the 10 legislators, seven belong to the BJP, two from the Kuki People's Alliance (KPA) and one an Independent. The two KPA and the Independent MLAs were also part of the NDA led by the saffron party.
However, the chief minister had already rejected the demand made by the 10 MLAs for a separate administration for the Kuki-dominated districts of the northeastern state, saying, "The territorial integrity of Manipur will be protected".
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