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Amit Shah took charge of Manipur violence and says everything is under control

On May 8th, 2023, Monday, Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister of India said that the situation in Manipur is under control as a curfew was imposed in the violence-hit northern eastern state. He also requested the people of the state to maintain peace. During the interaction with India Today/Aaj Tak, Amit Shah gave assurance that the government of Manipur will consult all the stakeholders before taking any decision regarding the matter of Scheduled Tribe status from the community of Meitie.  


After days of violence and arson which left 54 dead, hundreds of people hospitalised, and thousands of people displaced. On May 3rd, the violence broke out in the state between Naga and Kuki tribes and the Meitie community over the needs of ST status. More than 23,000 displaced people are currently sheltering in the camps. The violence took place after the protest march organised by the Kuki tribal groups sparked clashes with the non-tribal Meitei community.


The government allowed the people to step out of their houses between 7-10 am on May 7th in Churachandpur, where the violence took place at its peak. The army of India said that no major violence was reported overnight. Almost 23,500 people are presently being provided shelter by the Indian Army. The Indian army said in a statement that 120-125 Army and Assam Rifles have been working tirelessly for the past 96 hours to quell the violence.


Mobs of people have burned buildings and cars, vandalised hotels and shops, and destroyed churches across the various districts such as Churachandpur, Tengnoupal, Imphal East and West, Bishnupur, and Kangpokpi. The police and army personnel were deployed to take charge in the clashes. Amit Shah has cancelled all his rallies in poll-bound states in Karnataka, where the upcoming elections will be held, and is focusing on the Manipur violence. 

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