Manipur Violence: In a fresh Violence in Manipur, mobs attempt to torch the houses of BJP leaders, on Saturday night. However it was dispersed by the Rapid Action Force (RAF) using tear gas and rubber bullets. officials on Saturday claimed that two civilians were injured in the incident.
A mob assembled to torch the MLA Thongam Biswajeet Singh’s residence on fire. A second mob surrounded the BJP office in Sinjemai at midnight, but it was chased away by an Army column and failed to do any damage.
Around midnight, a group of people tried to vandalise the president of the women’s wing of the BJP, Sharda Devi’s home in Imphal’s Porampet neighbourhood. They were successfully chased away by security officers.
Officials stated that multiple instances of crowd gathering, attempted damage, and arson against public figures and property hasve been confirmed. Army, Assam Rifles, Rapid Action Force, and police members worked together to conduct a flag march in Imphal East till midnight to halt rioters from congregating.
Meanwhile, former Army Chief Ved Prakash Malik also responded to the alarming situation in the northeastern state and wrote, “An extraordinary sad call from a retired Lt Gen from Manipur. Law & order situation in Manipur needs urgent attention at the highest level,” while reacting to a post by another Army veteran on Twitter. He also tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah, and defence minister Rajnath Singh.
— Ved Malik (@Vedmalik1) June 16, 2023
The house of Union Minister Rajkumar Ranjan Singh was set on fire on Thursday night in Kongba, Imphal, while the minister was in Kerala. Miscreants also tried to set Manipur minister Nemcha Kipgen’s official bungalow on fire in Imphal West and managed to partly burn it.
Manipur was rocked by violence on May 3 this year when confrontations broke out during a rally called by the All Tribals Students Union (ATSU) to protest the demand that Meitei be included in the Scheduled Tribe (ST) list. Since the Manipur High Court ordered the state administration to consider incorporating the community into the ST list, ethnic violence has been continuing in the state for more than a month. In order to quell the unrest, central paramilitary forces are stationed there.