Manipur Violence / Mob attacks police stations, courts in Manipur, more than 10 injured

Vikrant Shekhawat : Sep 21, 2023, 09:04 PM
Manipur Violence : Security forces fired tear gas shells and fired stunt bombs at protesters trying to storm police stations and courts in Manipur on Thursday. More than 10 people were injured in this.

The protesters were demanding the unconditional release of five youths arrested on September 16. As a precautionary measure, the state government has canceled the relaxation in curfew in both the districts of Imphal from 5 pm onwards.

Following the call of six local clubs and Mira Pabis, hundreds of protesters took to the streets holding placards and shouting slogans. These people tried to enter Porompat police station in Imphal East and Singjamei police station and Kwakithel police post in Imphal West district. ,

However, police and RAF personnel fired several rounds of tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.

The young man said-Who will protect us?

“We were left with no option but to arrest,” said a protester in Porompat. Because the government is not releasing the 5 youths. If such village volunteers are arrested, then who will protect the Meitei villages from Kuki miscreants?

The women alleged that the state government turned a blind eye when Kuki miscreants with sophisticated weapons continued to attack Meitei villages and openly extort money on highways.

The mob also tried to enter Mayang Imphal police station in Imphal West district and Andro police station in Imphal East district and made mass arrests, leading to ruckus.

Yumnam Hitler, chairman of All Langthabal Kendra United Clubs Coordinating Committee, said the government was not taking any steps to release the five arrested youths. After this it was decided to start a voluntary mass arrest movement.

Five youths were arrested on September 16

On September 16, Manipur Police had arrested five people for possessing sophisticated weapons and wearing police uniforms. The five were produced before a judicial magistrate and remanded to police custody, police said in a statement.

Additional Secretary Home M Pradeep Singh had said that 5 youths were arrested with weapons looted from the special police armoury. He was in police commando uniform at the time of the incident. UAPA has been imposed on one of them.

Curfew relaxation canceled

In view of the violence, the state government canceled the relaxation in curfew in both the districts of Imphal in the evening. According to the order of the District Magistrate, Imphal West, the curfew which was relaxed from 5 am to 9 pm on September 21, has been withdrawn from 5 pm onwards. Ban on movement of general public has been implemented in all areas. Similar orders have also been imposed in Imphal East district.

3 people were killed in firing on September 12

Three people were killed in firing in Manipur's Kangpokpi on Tuesday (September 12). According to news agency PTI, unidentified assailants opened indiscriminate fire on villagers between Ireng and Karam Vafei villages in Kanggui area at around 8.20 am, killing three.

Earlier on September 8, three people were killed and more than 50 were injured in the violence that broke out in Pallel, Tengnoupal. More than 160 people have died so far in the dispute over reservation between Kuki and Meitei communities in Manipur since May 3.

CM does not sign the proposal of BJP MLAs

23 BJP MLAs have signed a resolution. In this resolution, he pledged that he would protect the territorial integrity of Manipur and would soon go to Delhi and talk to the Central Government on finding a solution to the Manipur crisis. However, Chief Minister N Biren Singh has not signed this proposal.