Manipur Update: Meiteis Clash With Security Forces In Fresh Violence, Arms Looted Again & Other Developments
Fresh incidents of violence were reported at Bishnupur in Manipur on Thursday, as the ethnic brutality continues in the state.
According to media reports, protestors from the Meitei community clashed with security forces, who then had to resort to heavy firing to disperse the crowd.
Additionally, around 300 arms and ammunition have also been looted from the 2nd IRB stationed at Naransena of Bishnupur district.
Following this, curfew relaxations have been scrapped in Imphal (East) and Imphal (West) districts.
A conglomerate of Kuki groups on Thursday postponed until next week the mass burial of 35 Kukis killed in the ongoing ethnic clashes. Meitei groups had criticised the conglomerate, Indigenous Tribal Leaders Forum (ITLF), over the proposed mass burial and said it would further provoke the people's sentiments.
The burials were delayed at the Union home ministry's request for security reasons.
Meanwhile, in the Parliament, the INDIA bloc MPs on Thursday offered a middle path to discuss Manipur in an effort to end the logjam in the House.
INDIA parties have offered a middle path solution to the Leader of the House to break the logjam and get a discussion on Manipur going in an uninterrupted manner in the Rajya Sabha. Hope the Modi government agrees.— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) August 3, 2023
On Wednesday, two abandoned houses belonging to a particular community were set on fire by unidentified people in Manipur's Imphal West district.
Fire tenders were rushed to the spot in Langol area, and the blaze was doused with no injuries being reported.
In a severe indictment of the Manipur government for its abject failure to curb ethnic clashes, including horrific crimes against women, the Supreme Court on Tuesday had said that there was an "absolute breakdown of constitutional machinery" and also the law and order machinery in the sensitive northeastern state.
Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, appearing for both the Union and Manipur governments, refuted a point raised by the CJI that the people who were murdered were "our people".
He said, "I didn't want to say this, but most of the unclaimed dead bodies are those infiltrators who came with a particular design and got killed."
However, senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, who appeared for tribal communities, said, "118 tribal bodies are in the morgue in Imphal... The bodies are unidentified for months. They are rotting. We cannot go there to identify them. No attempt is being made to help us identify."
So far, at least 150 people have lost their lives in the ethnic clashes that began on May 3rd and thousands of people are believed to have been displaced.
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