New Delhi, May 30, 2023 (PPI-OT): Indian Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit brought death and destruction to India’s volatile Manipur state with five persons, including a Manipur police officer killed, a BJP MLA’s house vandalised and over 1,000 arms and ammunition looted by mobs from armouries of Manipur Rifles while state forces gunned down more than 30 Kuki tribals. With violence in Manipur not abating, Indian army was forced to bring out its mine-protected vehicles after its fleet came under heavy fire from Manipur guerrillas, hours before Amit Shah arrived in Imphal, the other day.
Top Congress leaders on Tuesday met President Droupadi Murmu and sought her intervention in helping bring normalcy in violence-hit Manipur, and called for the constitution of a high-level inquiry commission headed by a serving or retired Supreme Court judge to probe the incident. Hundreds of Kuki women from Manipur, many of them residents of Delhi, gathered at Jantar Mantar against the authorities’ failure to bring the ethnic violence there under control.
Fresh violence erupted in Torbung area in Churachandpur district during the ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ organised by the All Tribal Student Union Manipur (ATSUM) on May 3 to protest the demand of Meiteis for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.
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