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Violence In Manipur & Festering Humanitarian Crisis

Flag marches were organised by the state police, the Army, and the Assam Rifles to maintain control of the situation

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Ethnic violence in the northeastern state of Manipur has resulted in at least 54 deaths and 23,000 displaced persons, the majority of whom are taking refuge in army camps. The state government has issued 'shoot at sight' orders in extreme cases. The internet shutdown has affected basic facilities, such as the withdrawal of money from ATMs. Road blockages and protests have led to further disruption in the supply chain.

When asked about the disruption in day-to-day activities due to the violence in the state, a local resident who chose to remain anonymous said, “The internet shutdown has affected us very much. We cannot withdraw money from the ATM. But I think it’s a good thing because rumours are being amplified using the internet. According to local news, medicine stocks will run out in five days. I am quite concerned about the availability of medicine."

The resident added that small shops are half-open, half-closed. If the police come, they have to close down. Officially, people are required to stay inside their houses, and they are not allowed to come out.

To control the violence in the state, the Assam Rifles and the Indian Army have been deployed. In an arson that lasted more than three hours in Torbung, numerous stores and homes were destroyed. Flag marches were organized by the state police, the Army, and the Assam Rifles to maintain control of the situation. More individuals are being relocated to safer locations. Over 7,500 people have been removed from the violent areas and given shelter.

The violence in Manipur started between the Meitei non-tribal group and the Kuki tribal group following a protest march sponsored by the Kuki tribal group, which led to fights and extensive property and vehicle damage.

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