Manipur: Impose President's Rule, civil rights group urges HM Shah

Published date29 May 2023
AuthorChandrani Banerjee
Publication titleStatesman, The (India)
The Rights and Risks Analysis Group (RRAG) today urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who is visiting Manipur from today, to consider imposing President's rule in the State in view of the failure to bring the ethnic violence under control following the imposition of Article 355 on 6 May 2023. The clashes including burning of the houses continue as on date with the killing of five persons including a policeman yesterday

In the ethnic violence that began on 3 May 2023 following the protest of the Kuki tribes over the judgment of the High Court of Manipur on the grant of Scheduled Tribe status to the Meiteis, over 80 persons were killed while over 250 persons were injured. About 26,000 people have been internally displaced while another 50,000 people had to be relocated within their communities for safety.

"The ongoing military operations alone are not enough to douse the flames of ethnic violence. What is required is inter-community dialogues at all levels to establish trust and peace but the State government has not been able to initiate any inter-community dialogue as on date in the last one month. It does not seem to be acceptable to initiate such a process. This makes the case for the imposition of the President's rule necessary as the Central government...

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