Shah to Chair High-Level Meeting in New Delhi on Manipur Security

The meeting aims to address Manipur's safety challenges
Shah to Chair High-Level Meeting in New Delhi on Manipur Security

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will preside over a critical meeting at 4 p.m. on June 17 in New Delhi to assess the security situation in Manipur. Senior officials from the Central Government, Manipur Government, Army, and other security forces will be present. Notably, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh will not attend.

The meeting follows recent discussions between Manipur Governor Anusuiya Uikey and Amit Shah regarding the state's situation. This meeting is particularly urgent due to the escalating violence in the Jiribam district of Manipur. Over the past week, over 600 people have fled the district, seeking refuge in Assam's Cachar district. This unrest began after a body was discovered on June 6, leading to several violent incidents, including the burning of homes and government buildings.

 The tension in Jiribam rose significantly after the murder of a 59-year-old resident of Sorok Atingbi Khunou on June 6. This event has thrown the district into turmoil, forcing residents of Mongbung Khul to abandon their homes and seek shelter at the LP School in Chingdong Leikai. The situation highlights the urgent need for protection and stability in the area.

 Since May 3 last year, Manipur has been plagued by clashes between the Kuki and Meitei communities, resulting in at least 225 deaths and the displacement of approximately 50,000 people, many of whom are still in relief centers. Last week, armed militants attacked the convoy of Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh’s advanced security team in Kangpokpi district, injuring a civilian driver and a security officer.

On June 10, RSS Chief Dr. Mohan Bhagwat stressed the need for peace in Manipur and urged for prioritizing the issue. RSS General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale described the ongoing violence as “painful” and “worrisome.”

Today’s high-level meeting, led by Home Minister Amit Shah, aims to tackle these challenges and seek solutions to ensure the safety and well-being of Manipur’s residents. As the situation remains volatile, effective intervention and long-term stability are crucial.