The situation in violence-affected Jiribam, Manipur, is described as “tense” but “under control

by Abbas Adil

Shafaqna India: The atmosphere in Manipur’s Jiribam district remained tense yet managed on Sunday, subsequent to suspected militants setting fire to two police outposts and over 70 residences in a recent wave of violence in the region, as confirmed by police sources.

Additional security personnel have been dispatched to the affected zones following Saturday’s incident, the authorities stated.

“The situation is tense but under control following violent disturbances in Jiribam district, where perpetrators set fire to two police pickets, a forest beat office… and numerous residences belonging to both the Meitei and Kuki communities,” reported Manipur Police in an official statement.

A senior police official disclosed that more than 70 homes were set ablaze in Lamtai Khunou, Dibong Khunou, Nunkhal, and Begra villages.

“The police are also closely monitoring social media updates, which might incite communal sentiments among the communities, and urges the general public to abstain from disseminating baseless or unverified information,” the statement added.

Violence erupted in Jiribam, a region grappling with ethnic tensions, on Thursday evening, subsequent to suspected militants murdering a 59-year-old man.

The individual, identified as Soibam Saratkumar Singh, had gone missing after visiting his farm on June 6, and later his body was discovered with wounds inflicted by a sharp object, an official confirmed.

In the meantime, an angry mob intercepted a truck at Sorok Atingbi Khunou late on Saturday and purportedly set fire to essential commodities it was transporting, a police official mentioned.

A group of more than 70 state police commandos was airlifted from Imphal to Jiribam to support security personnel in their counterinsurgency operations, the official stated.

Furthermore, approximately 239 Meitei individuals, predominantly women and children, were evacuated from outlying areas of Jiribam on Friday and relocated to a newly established relief camp at a multi-sports complex in the district, officials appended.

In response to the fresh spate of violence, newly elected Congress MP from the Inner Manipur Lok Sabha constituency, Angomcha Bimol Akoijam, implored the Manipur government to safeguard the lives and properties of the people of Jiribam.

Jiribam, with its diverse ethnic makeup encompassing Meiteis, Muslims, Nagas, Kukis, and non-Manipuris, had hitherto remained unaffected by the ethnic discord prevailing in the northeastern state since May of the previous year.

The ethnic conflict between the Meiteis residing in the Imphal valley and the Kukis from the hill areas has resulted in the deaths of over 200 individuals and left thousands homeless.

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