Manipur Govt Declares Entire State ‘Disturbed Area’ as Fresh Violence Erupts

New Delhi: The viral visuals of the death of two students of the Meitei community triggered fresh violence in several parts of Manipur. The Manipur government on Wednesday declared the entire state a “disturbed area” in light of the prevailing law and order situation. According to the official declaration, the entire state, except for 19 specific police station areas, was declared a “disturbed area”.

As per the state government’s notification, the authorities are of the opinion that the “violent activities of various extremist/insurgent groups warrant the use of the Armed Forces in aid of civil administration in the entire state of Manipur.”

The declared “disturbed areas” include the state capital Imphal, Lamphel, City, Singjamei, Sekmai, Lamsang, Patsoi, Wangoi, Porompat, Heingang, Lamlai, Irilbung, Leimakhong, Thoubal, Bishnupur, Nambol, Moirang, Kakching, and Jiribam.

The notification further states that in view of the “overall law and order situation in the state and the capability of the state machinery, the state government has decided to maintain the status quo on the present disturbed area status” …for a period of six months.

The state capital Imphal on Tuesday saw massive protest rallies by student groups against the kidnapping and killing of two youths. The fresh round of protests started on Tuesday after the news of the killings emerged, and the protesters also clashed with the Rapid Action Force (RAF), leaving at least 45 protesters injured.

Large contingents of Manipur Police, CRPF and RAF personnel have deployed throughout Imphal and other parts of the state in anticipation of possible violence.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that he “assure the people of the state that both the state and central government are closely working together to nab the perpetrators.” The case of killing of the two youths has been handed over to the CBI.

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