So far 71 people have died in the caste violence in the state since May 3, while more than 300 people have been injured. During this, about 1,700 houses have been burnt and more than 200 vehicles have been burnt. Despite curfew and internet ban, incidents of violence are coming to the fore almost every day.
A fresh incident of violence has once again come to the fore in Manipur on Wednesday. A man was shot dead while two others were injured by armed assailants belonging to a different community in Bishnupur district. The district administration canceled the relaxation in curfew in Bishnupur, Imphal East and Imphal West districts in view of the violence. Here the administration had relaxed the curfew from 5 am to 4 pm.
Police officials in Imphal said some armed men had raided some villages in Moirang in Bishnupur district. Hearing the commotion, some people living in the relief camp came out to see what was happening. During this one person died due to bullet injury. The deceased has been identified as 29-year-old Thojam Chandramani. Tojam was taken to a private hospital in critical condition, but died shortly after being shot.
According to reports, additional paramilitary and police personnel have been deployed to control the situation as tension escalated following Chandramani’s death. According to the police, some miscreants belonging to a particular community set ablaze three houses of different communities at Faubakchao in Bishnupur on Tuesday night. In retaliation, some youths from another community set four houses on fire.
In Manipur, caste violence broke out in 11 of the 16 districts of the state on May 3 following a protest meeting against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe status, leading to several deaths and burning of houses. After the administration suspended internet services while imposing an indefinite curfew. The army has also been called in to control the situation, but sporadic incidents of violence are still being reported almost every day.
Army, Assam Rifles and Territorial Army have been deployed in 23 most sensitive police station areas of 11 districts. Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh said his government has sought more companies of central forces to deal with recurring violence in some areas. So far 71 people have died in the widespread caste violence in the state, while over 300 people, including policemen, have been injured. Around 1,700 houses have been burnt, and more than 200 vehicles gutted during the violence.
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