Manipur Violence / Violent protests again in Manipur, mob attacks CM's ancestral residence

Zoom News : Sep 28, 2023, 11:12 PM
Manipur Violence: The fire of violence in Manipur is not getting extinguished. The government had claimed that peace was gradually being established in the state but on Thursday all the claims were dashed in Imphal. Despite security restrictions and curfew here, a mob tried to attack the vacant ancestral house of Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Thursday night. However, the security forces foiled this attack. CM N Biren Singh was in his official residence at the time of the attack.

The house was empty at the time of the attack

Regarding the attack, a police officer said, “An attempt was made to attack the ancestral house of the Chief Minister in Hingang area of Imphal. But security forces stopped the crowd about 100-150 meters away from the house. He told that no one lives in this house but despite this, security personnel are deployed here all the time.

Enhanced security of residence

"Two groups of people came from different directions and reached near the CM's ancestral residence but were stopped," the police officer said. Several rounds of tear gas shells were fired by RAF and state police personnel to disperse the crowd. Authorities cut off power connections across the area to reduce the visibility of protesters. After this attack, the security forces have further increased the security of the residence. After the attack failed, the protesters also burnt tires in the middle of a nearby road.

Entire state declared disturbed area

On Wednesday, the government declared the entire state as a "disturbed area" in view of the prevailing law and order situation. According to details, the entire state except 19 specific police station areas has been declared a "disturbed area" under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). According to the state government's notification, the authorities are of the opinion that "due to violent activities of various extremist/insurgent groups there is a need for the use of armed forces to assist the civil administration in the entire State of Manipur."

The notification further stated that "Considering the overall law and order situation in the State since six months and the capacity of the State machinery, the State Government has decided to maintain status quo on the situation in the present disturbed area".... The 19 police station areas excluded fall under Imphal, Lamphel, City, Singjamei, Sekmai, Lamsang, Patsoi, Wangoi, Porompat, Heingang, Lamlai, Irilbung, Leemakhong, Thoubal, Bishnupur, Nambol, Moirang, Kakching and Jiribam.

DC office vandalized, many vehicles set on fire

Let us tell you that on Thursday morning too, an angry mob vandalized the Deputy Commissioner (DC) office in Imphal West and set several vehicles on fire. The student-led protest in Imphal turned violent after photographs of a boy and girl, who had been missing since July, went viral on social media. Police officials said that on Wednesday night also clashes broke out between protesters and security forces in Sagolband, Uripok, Yaskul and Terra areas. Seeing the angry crowd, the security forces released tear gas shells and resorted to lathi charge to disperse the crowd.

Police vehicle set on fire, snatched weapons and ran away

Curfew has been imposed again in view of the violent protests in Imphal East and Imphal West districts. 65 protesters have been injured in these demonstrations since Tuesday. Police have informed that the office of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was set on fire in Khongjam of Thoubal district. Meanwhile, Manipur Police has issued a statement saying that the situation has worsened again in many areas, efforts are being made to calm it down. The mob targeted a police vehicle and set it on fire while also assaulting a policeman and snatching his weapon.