Manipur violence | Maharashtra to arrange special flight to bring back students stranded in Manipur: CM Shinde

File photo of Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. , Photo Credit: PTI

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Sunday said that a special aircraft will be arranged to bring back students stranded in the state. riot-hit Manipur,

22 students from Maharashtra who are currently troubled north-eastern states They will first be shifted to Assam, from where a special flight will bring them back home, Mr Shinde said in a statement issued by his office.

Shri Shinde further said that the State Government is closely monitoring the situation in Manipur.

“There are 22 students [in Manipur] from Maharashtra. I have spoken to two of them – Vikas Sharma and Tushar Awhad and assured them that a special flight is being arranged for their return. I told them don’t be afraid of anything and the state is making everything necessary arrangement To bring them back safely,” he said.

He said he had spoken to Maharashtra Chief Secretary Manoj Saunik and other state officials to make necessary arrangements for the safe return of students studying in Manipur-based institutes of technology.

An official communication from Mr Shinde’s office said he spoke to Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma in this regard.

Mr Shinde’s office said he had also contacted the Shiv Sena’s Manipur state chief over phone and asked for assistance to be provided at the local level.

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Some parents and relatives of the students also met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, following which Mr. Pawar called up the Governor of Manipur and expressed his concern for the well-being of the students.

Leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly and Mr. Pawar’s nephew, Ajit Pawar told reporters in Pune’s Baramati that he has written to Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis urging them to coordinate with the Center and the Manipur government and ensure Safe return of students.