Chief Minister N Biren has said that major action has been taken against terrorist groups using weapons against civilian population, ANI reported.
In violence-hit Manipur, the police have so far killed 30 terrorists in a major operation. This claim has been made by the Chief Minister of the state, N. Biren Singh. Chief Minister N Biren has said that major crackdown has been taken on terrorist groups using weapons against civilian population, out of which around 30 terrorists have been killed in different areas, reported ANI. Some have also been arrested by the security forces.
Chief Minister’s claim
Chief Minister N Biren Singh claimed, “The terrorists are using M-16 and AK-47 assault rifles and sniper guns against civilians. They came to burn houses in many villages. We have started very strong action against them with the help of army and other security forces.
They said terrorists were firing on unarmed civilians.” The fight is against armed terrorists who are trying to break Manipur.
Sources said the insurgents launched a simultaneous attack in five areas of Imphal valley and its surrounding areas around 2 am today. These areas are Sekmai, Sugnu, Kumbi, Phayeng and Serau. There are reports of firing and unclaimed dead bodies lying on the roads in many other areas. Sources said that the encounter in Sekmai is over.
Doctors at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in state capital Imphal told the media that 10 people were injured in the Phayeng encounter. 27-year-old farmer Khumanthem Kennedy has died after being hit by multiple bullets at Chandonpokpi in Bishanpur. His body is being taken to RIMS, sources said, adding that casualties are feared. Kennedy is survived by his wife and son. The Chief Minister said that the spurt in violent attacks on civilians in the outskirts of the Imphal Valley in the last two days appears to be planned.
History of Manipur, what is the root of violence?
Now the violence this time can be understood properly only when the background of Manipur is also understood. Actually there are three communities active in Manipur – two are settled in the mountains and one lives in the valley. The Meitei are a Hindu community and constitute close to 53 per cent who live in the valley. There are two other communities – Naga and Kuki, both of them come from tribal society and are settled in the mountains. Now Manipur has a law which says that the Meitei community can only live in the valley and they will not have any right to buy land in the hilly area. This community definitely wants that it should get the status of Scheduled Caste, but it has not happened so far.
There was violence earlier also, what is different this time?
Recently, the High Court had said in a comment that the state government should consider this demand of the Meitei community. Since then there is tension in the politics of the state and protests are being seen. During one such tribal march, there was a ruckus and violence broke out in no time.