• Wed. Jul 17th, 2024

Manipur violence: Indian Army says situation under control, additional forces deployed

The north-eastern Indian state of Manipur is under tight security after a tribal agitation ended in violence.

Mobile internet services have also been suspended in many parts of the the state for six days. On Thursday, the Indian Army carried out a flag march in the violence-hit areas.

Army and Assam Rifles were requisitioned by Manipur Government on night 03/04 May 23 in the immediate aftermath of inter community clashes which erupted in few districts of Manipur.

Prompt response by Security Forces led to rescuing of civilians of all communities from various minority pockets of areas affected by violence. As a result of proactive and timely response, Churachandpur, KPI, Moreh and Kakching are now under firm control with no major violence reported since yesterday night. In the past 12 hours, Imphal East and West districts witnessed sporadic incidents of arson and attempts by inimical elements to establish blockade, towards which firm and synergized response coupled with induction of additional columns ensured control of Security Forces over the situation.

In the past approximately 48 hours, Army, Assam Rifles and Air Force along with civil administration have worked tirelessly to restore law and order and bring back normalcy in Manipur. Proactive rescue operations, conduct of flag marches, area domination, interaction with locals/ influencers to reassure them of their personal safety were some of the major activities that were & are being undertaken. Total of approximately 13000 civilians have been rescued and are currently staying in various adhoc boarding facilities specifically created for the purpose within Company Operating Bases and Military Garrisons. As on date, more than 100 columns are working tirelessly towards restoring law & order in Manipur at the earliest. Indian Army remains committed to restore law & order and appeals for peace & urges all communities to shun the path of violence.

Boxer and Olympics bronze medallist Mary Kom appealed to the state and the federal government to help maintain peace and security in the state.

“It is unfortunate that some people lost their family members in this violence. This situation must get normal at the earliest”.

(Source: Indian Army)

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