Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a review meeting in the border town of Moreh on May 31 to take stock of the security situation in the northeastern State which has been witnessing sporadic violence for nearly a month.
Mr. Shah, on the third day of his visit to the State, also met a delegation of the Kuki community and a team representing others communities, and they expressed strong support for the government’s initiatives to restore normalcy.
“Took stock of the security situation with senior officials in Moreh (Manipur),” Mr. Shah tweeted.
A Home Ministry spokesperson said Mr. Shah held a security review meeting in the Moreh town, bordering Myanmar. “Held a meeting with the delegations of Kuki and other communities at Moreh. They expressed strong support for the government’s initiatives to restore normalcy in Manipur,” Mr. Shah said in another tweet.
The Home Minister is on a four-day visit to Manipur and making efforts to restore peace to the State.
On Tuesday, the Meitei and Kuki groups expressed commitment to peace and assured that they would work for restoring normalcy in the trouble-torn state.
Mr. Shah had also held a security review meeting with senior officials of the Manipur Police, Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Army in Imphal on Tuesday.
He had said restoring peace and prosperity inManipur was the government’s top priority and instructed them to deal firmly with any activities that disturb peace.
This is the first time the Home Minister is visiting the northeastern State since the ethnic clashes began in Manipur on May 3. The State witnessed a sudden spurt in clashes and firing between militants and security forces on Sunday, after a relative lull that lasted over a fortnight.
The death toll from clashes has gone up to 80, officials said.
The ethnic violence first broke out after a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ was organised in the hill districts on May 3 to protest the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.
The violence was preceded by tension over the eviction of Kuki villagers from reserve forest land, which had led to a series of smaller agitations.