It’s been over a month since chaos and violence have been constant in Manipur. The worsening situation has also made unlawful activities the norm. Therefore, the consequences faced are extreme. The prices of essential items like rice, potato, onion and egg besides LPG cylinders and petrol are much higher than the rate fixed by the government and the common people have to adhere to them. People there have resorted to “Separation” being the only answer. They have been urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh to make arrangements to stop the violence and restore normalcy.
The State Security Advisor Kuldiep Singh said, To provide relief to the displaced people in Manipur, the Ministry of Home Affairs has approved Rs 101.75 crore relief package. During his recent Manipur visit, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had directed the state government to send a request to MHA for a relief package for displaced people. In the last 24 hours, 27 arms, 245 ammunition and 41 bombs were recovered from the Porompat police station jurisdiction of Manipur’s Imphal East district while one weapon and two bombs were seized in the state’s Bishnupur district. A total of 896 arms, 11,763 ammunition and 200 bombs of different kinds have been recovered so far”.
Furthermore, he added, “The Centre has approved a Rs 101.75 crore relief package for the displaced people in violence-hit Manipur following a directive of Union Home Minister Amit Shah”.
In Manipur, the Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI), an apex body of valley-based civil society organisations, declared a “national war against the Chin-Kuki narco-terrorists” on Wednesday. It said, “The convention further appeals to all the brethren of our indigenous communities, who have been living together with us since time immemorial, to lend their helping hand in waging a collective war to defeat the enemy”. The declaration read, “We will not surrender arms until the narco-terrorists and related external aggressors are completely annihilated from the soil of our motherland Manipur and peace is restored. The current times are not for the arms to be taken away from us, but rather for us to be given more arms. The government must give the people arms to protect and safeguard Manipur. The people of Manipur, therefore, cannot accede to the government’s call for depositing arms. In addition, we will not allow any military operations in the valley”.