Death toll rises to 71 in Manipur violence: People who went to collect goods from burnt houses attacked; Internet shut down even after 10 days

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During the violence in Churachandpur, several vehicles parked on the roads were vandalized and set on fire.

The death toll in Manipur has risen to 71 after violence broke out between the Kuki-Naga and Meitei communities that began on May 3. This information was given by Kuldeep Singh, Security Advisor to the Government of Manipur. He told that during the violence in Manipur, more than 230 people were injured and 1700 houses were burnt.

Militants also clashed with security forces
Kuldeep Singh said that there was another exchange of fire between the Manipur commandos and the militants on Thursday. In which six commandos were injured. One of them died. Apart from this, three PWD laborers were found dead in a vehicle in Churachandpur. But the reasons for his death have not been known.

The bodies of the laborers were recovered from a 300-metre-deep ditch. It is being investigated whether he died in an accident or someone murdered him.

People went missing to collect goods from burnt houses
Kuldeep said that 11 people had gone to Torbang village on the border of Bishnupur and Churachandpur to collect goods from their burnt houses. Meanwhile, he was attacked by the militants. Eight ran away and reached the BSF camp, while the whereabouts of three are still untraceable.

Assam Rifles, BSF and CRPF had launched a search operation for them, but have not been able to find them yet.

Curfew has been relaxed

Curfew was imposed on May 3 after violence broke out in the state.  Along with this, strictness has been imposed on the use of internet and mobile phones to spread rumors and curb fake news.

Curfew was imposed on May 3 after violence broke out in the state. Along with this, strictness has been imposed on the use of internet and mobile phones to spread rumors and curb fake news.

Now know what was the reason for the violence…
The Meitei community forms more than half of Manipur’s population of about 3.8 million. The Imphal Valley, which covers about 10% of Manipur’s area, is dominated by the Meitei community. The Manipur High Court has directed the state government to consider the demand of the Meitei community and send recommendations to the Center within 4 months.

Following this order, All Tribal Students Union (ATSU) Manipur took out a rally on 3rd May demanding Scheduled Tribe status for Meiteis in Manipur. Which later turned violent.

Why Meitei is asking for reservation: The people of the Meitei community argue that they had the status of a tribe in the princely state before their merger with the Indian Union in 1949. The Meitei population has decreased from 62% to around 50% in the last 70 years. The Meitei community is demanding reservation for its cultural identity.

Who are against: The Naga and Kuki tribes of Manipur are opposed to giving reservation to the Meitei community. The Nagas occupy 90% of the state’s area and the Kukis form 34% of the state’s population. They say that 40 of the state’s 60 assembly seats are already in the Meitei-dominated Imphal Valley.

Politically, the Meitei community is already dominant in Manipur. The Naga and Kuki tribes are apprehensive that reservation for Meitei in the ST category will lead to division in their rights. As per the existing law, the Meitei community is not allowed to settle in the hilly areas of the state.

Another reason for resentment The recent violence in Manipur can be attributed to the Meitei reservation, but in August last year, Chief Minister Biren Singh’s government ordered the eviction of the Naga and Kuki tribes living in the forest area of ​​Churachandpur, terming them as intruders. Naga-Kuki were getting angry with this. The Meiteis are Hindus, while most of the Nagas and Kukis of the ST category follow Christianity.

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