Normalcy limping back in Manipur, curfew continues

Security personnel stand guard after violent clashes in Manipur
Security personnel stand guard after violent clashes in Manipur

Manipur, which was disturbed by violence since May 3, is limping back to normal even as curfew with ‘shoot-at-sight’ order has been enforced and internet service suspended.

To enable people to buy essential commodities, curfew was partially relaxed from 5 am to 11 am on May 10.

People, however, faced problems of unavailability of essential commodities and water and there was complete blackout of information. The worst affected districts of Churachandpur, Tengnoupal, Bishenpur, Kangpokpi have returned to normal and people who were stranded in Moreh and Churachandpur were finally brought to Imphal on May 8 and May 9 in batches.

Churachandpur district administration is still trying to evacuate about 1700 people who are still at relief camps.

Chief minister N Biren Singh said: “All those living in the state are Manipuri. We have lived together for ages and the government shares the grief and sorrow of the people affected by the recent violence in the state, and that responsibilities will be fixed on all those who instigated the violence.”

Singh said a high-level enquiry will be conducted at the earliest to fix responsibility on the persons and groups who instigated the violence and government servants who abdicated responsibility.

The government machinery is working round the clock including all ministers, legislators and concerned authorities to resolve the crisis, he added.

At present, 50 companies of Central Armed Police Force and 105 columns of Assam Rifles/army along with 30,000 state police forces are being deployed in various parts of the state in order to maintain law and order, he added.

“The situation is under control in almost every part of the state and paramilitary forces have been deployed at sensitive areas,” the chief minister continued.

Till date 35,655 persons have been moved to safe locations and from among this, 1,593 have travelled outside the state, who are mainly students, the chief minister said adding from the shelter camps, around 20,000 people have moved to their houses/ villages.

Further stating that no discrimination is made in effort to protect lives and property, the Manipur chief minister also appealed to all not to hinder the efforts to transport families and people back to the safety of their homes.

Biren Singh also said homes that have been burnt down/ damaged will be rebuilt and that superintendents of police (SP) have been directed to identify vulnerable areas and ensure round-the clock provision of fool-proof security and protection for land and property in the absence of their owners till resumption of normalcy in the respective areas.

Further the SPs have been directed to take immediate action as per the law against persons attempting to loot or occupy such land and property, the chief minister said adding concerned SPs will be held personally accountable for any lapses in this regard.

The chief minister said the Manipur government has approved to extend ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the deceased.

Compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the grievously injured, Rs 25,000 for the non-grievous injuries and up to Rs 2 lakh as relief for families whose houses have been burnt down after proper assessment by the authorities have also been approved, the chief minister said.

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