Manipur violence: Army called in, 4,000 people rescued; my state is burning, says boxing legend Mary Kom in plea for help
The Indian Army has been called in to quell the violence that has raged in several areas of Manipur after clashes erupted during a protst march against the demand of non-tribal Meiteis in the tribal-dominated Churachandpur district of the northeastern state.
According to reports, violence rocked Manipur capital Imphal, where multiple vehicles and several places of worship were set ablaze by rioters, while violent protests continued in the Churachandpur district.
Following the widesread violennce the Army and Assam Rifles were deployed to restore peace and order in the violence-hit state.
A defence spokesman said the Army and Assam Rifles were deployed in the night and conducted flag marches in affected areas to keep the situation under control.
He said that the Army and the police in a joint effort succesfully quelled the violence by Thursday morning and around 4,000 people have been rescued by the forces so far from the violence-hit areas and shifted to safer places, adding that more people are being rescued by the security forces.
Meanwhile, boxing legend Mary Kom sent out a desperate plea for help, urging the Central government to help control the violence.
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In a tweet the boxing icon shared apocalyptic visuals of the Manipur violence and wrote: “My state Manipur is burning, kindly help” while tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in her post.
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.
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