Army holds Flag March after Violence hits Manipur

Curfew was imposed in eight districts of Manipur last night after violence erupted in Imphal, Churachandpur and Kangpokpi.

Manipur Violence:  The Army today held a flag march in violence-hit areas in Manipur amid an ongoing protest by tribal groups over a court order on Scheduled Tribe status.

The Indian Army and central paramilitary forces were called in to control the situation in Manipur. Defence sources said that, columns of the Army and Assam Rifles were brought in to control the situation Wednesday night.

Manipur Violence: Curfew imposed in 8 Dists, Mobile Internet Suspended

“The violence was arrested by the morning. Approximately 4000 people were given shelter in Army and Assam Rifles Company Operating Bases and state government premises at various places. Flag marches are being conducted to keep the situation under control. The sources said.

An official said that “ villagers are being shifted away from violent locations to safer locations and that more than 7500 civilians have been evacuated through these rescue operations. Sources in the Union Minister of Home Affairs (MHA) also said that Rapid Action Forces have also been deployed to supplement the current forces”.

Manipur violence is the result of ‘Misunderstanding between two communities,’ says CM N Biren Singh

Sources said Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh Thursday and took stock of the situation. They added MHA is monitoring the situation and that an adequate number of security forces have been deployed in the state, including Assam Rifles, Central Police Force and Army personnel.

Additional companies of Rapid Action Force from the Hindon Airbase have also been sent by the Centre, they also said. “All efforts have been made to ensure security and normalcy,” added a source.

In the meantime, Chief Minster Biren Singh broke his silence on the clashes and said the situation arose because of a “prevailing misunderstanding between two sections of the society”.


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