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Manipur violence: 54 dead; Situation under firm control in worst-hit areas, says Army

02:12 PM May 06, 2023 IST | APN Live
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At least 54 people have died so far in the violent clashes that have ripped through Manipur since Wednesday even as the Army said that the situation in worst-hit areas— Churachandpur, Kangpokpi, Moreh, and Kakching—have been brought under “firm control” while life returned to normal in state capital Imphal on Saturday.


Official numbers have put the death count in the Manipur carnage to 54 even as reports quoting unofficial sources claimed that several scores have died in the deadly clashes.

On Saturday, some semblance of normalcy returned in Imphal Valley where businesses reopened while public and private transport was seen plying on the roads. Markets and shops reopened in Imphal town and other areas today morning amid a massive presence of security forces as life crawled back to normalcy in the violence-torn northeastern state.


According to reports, security has been further reinforced as more Army troops, central police forces and rapid action force,  have been deployed in all major areas and roads.

Officials said that of the 54 people killed in the carnage, 16 have been in the morgue of the Churachandpur district hospital, 15 bodies were in Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences in Imphal East district, while 23 dead bodies were kept at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences at Lamphel in Imphal West district.


A spokesman of the Army’s Northeastern Command said that during past 12 hours, sporadic incidents of arson and “attempts by inimical elements to establish blockades” were witnessed in East and West districts of Imphal, however, the troop brought the situation under control with a firm and synergized response.

The defence spokesman said the Army has rescued a total of 13,000 people so far and shifted them to safe shelters, adding that the troops have successfully brought violence-hit areas—Churachandpur, Moreh, Kakching, and Kangpokpi districts under its ‘firm control’, adding that no major violence has been reported since yesterday night.

He said the evacuated civilians have been lodged in various ad-hoc boarding facilities specifically created for the purpose within Company Operating Bases & Military Garrisons.

Meanwhile, reports citing local sources said that scores of people died, while hundreds were injured in clashes between communities but the police has been “unwilling” to confirm those incidents, adding that dead bodies were brought in from Imphal East and West, Churachandpur, and Bishenpur districts.

The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) cancelled trains to Manipur on Friday in wake of the violence.

Violent demonstrations erupted in Torbung area of Churachandpur district on Wednesday during a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ called by the All Tribal Student Union Manipur (ATSUM) to protest the demand of non-tribal Meiteis, who dominate the Imphal Valley, for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.

As per reports, thousands hit the streets and participated in the solidarity march. However, the protests turned violent as clashes erupted between tribals and non-tribals in the area, and soon spread to other districts.

Following the clashes, the Indian Army was called in to quell the raging violence even as the state governor authorized shoot-at-sight orders subject to extreme circumstances.

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