June 5, 2023

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Tribal violence in India: Army deployed in Manipur and authorities ordered to “fire without warning”.

Numerous buildings, including churches, were burned in the framework of these riots, as revealed by several videos uploaded on social networks (REUTERS / Stringer).

The India It was sent to the army in the eastern state on Thursday Manipur to appease Violent protests broke out in the area The clashes between tribal groups resulted in the burning of several buildings and the evacuation of thousands of civilians.

“The Indian Army and Assam Rifles (Company) carried out a major rescue operation to evacuate more than 7,500 civilians from all communities overnight to restore law and order in Manipur,” the Indian Army said in a statement today.

Meanwhile, Manipur authorities have ordered crowds to “fire without warning” and are imposing a curfew to quell tribal violence that has erupted in the region in recent hours, killing at least six people and displacing 9,000.

According to the ‘Times of India’ newspaper, local authorities have approved the order allowing police to fire without warning “in extreme cases where all reasonable coercion, caution or use of force has been exhausted”.

The protests stem from an April 20 ruling by the Manipur High Court urging the ruling party to reconsider. Incorporation of Meide tribe, Its list of scheduled castes represents more than 50% of its population, allowing its members access to more resources.

It met with strong opposition from other tribal groups in the state who criticized that granting them special status would nullify the benefits it would bring to people from minority communities like them.

Following the court’s order, members of other tribes have staged protests in the past month that have increased in number and intensity across the two factions. They collided while walking yesterday. Fueling the spiral of violence that has gripped Manipur.

File photo. India deployed troops in the eastern state of Manipur on Thursday
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Abundant Buildings were burnt The structure of these riots, including in churches, has been revealed through several videos uploaded on social networks.

In response, the government suspended internet services for five days yesterday and imposed a curfew in various parts of the state, according to reports from regional officials gathered by Indian media. Times of India.

However, the Chairman of Manipur Govt. Biran Singh, Today he wanted to call on members of both groups to calm down and in a statement shared on Twitter assured that the clashes were the result of “a misunderstanding between the two communities that has already been resolved” and that the situation would “return”. Very soon back to “normal”.

(with information from EFE)

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