Imphal/ October 06, 2023 (SPN) | Manipur Chief Minister N Biren has pledged to ensure justice for both the Kuki and Meitei communities, who have been embroiled in an ethnic conflict in the state since May. Speaking to the media today, the Chief Minister dismissed claims of slow progress in the investigation into cases where Kukis have been victimized.
He stated, “When the two girls were paraded naked, villagers immediately came out, and the local police acted. Justice is being given to both communities.” The Chief Minister also emphasized that normalcy is gradually being restored in the state with the active support of the populace.
Over the past month, various social activities have been initiated, and as of now, schools, colleges, markets, and offices have reopened. N Biren expressed optimism that the situation would stabilize soon. He highlighted that Churachandpur, the epicenter of the violence, is also returning to normal, and roads and highways in Kangpokpi are accessible once more.
Addressing concerns about Manipur’s current state, the Chief Minister urged those who claim the region is still in turmoil to visit and witness the situation firsthand. He reassured that efforts are being made to bring about peace and stability.
Regarding the ongoing investigations by central agencies, Chief Minister Singh acknowledged the efforts of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). However, he also expressed the expectation of further support from the central government.
In a significant development, all schools in the state, including government, government-aided, and private institutions reopened on Friday. These educational institutions had been closed since September 27 due to renewed protests.
The ethnic clashes in Manipur began when a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ was organized in the hill districts in protest against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe status. Tragically, over 175 people from both Meitei and Kuki communities have lost their lives, and several hundred have been injured in the conflict.
Unfortunately, the state witnessed another round of violence on Thursday in the Imphal West district, where at least two Meitei houses were set on fire, and multiple rounds of gunfire were reported.