Manipur shoot-at-sight

Imphal, May 04: The government of Manipur has issued a shoot-at-sight order for maintaining public order and tranquility in the state. The order was issued in view of the prevailing law and order situation following the Tribal Solidarity March held on May 3, 2023, and was approved by the competent authority.

The special executive magistrate detailed by the district magistrates concerned is authorized to issue the order in extreme cases where all forms of persuasion, warning, and reasonable forces have been exhausted.

The shoot-at-sight order was issued after a series of clashes, vandalism, and arson were reported in the state during the last 24 hours. The incidents have resulted in the loss of precious lives and damage to property.

Manipur shoot-at-sight

Chief Minister N Biren Singh has appealed to everyone in the state to cooperate with the government in maintaining peace and harmony. He stated that the incidents were due to a misunderstanding between two sections of society and that the government is taking all steps to control the law and order situation.

The state government has requested additional Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) from the central government to be deployed in sensitive areas of the state. Indian Army and Assam Rifles have been deployed to evacuate people from affected areas.

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So far, 9,000 people have been evacuated from different parts of Manipur, with 5,000 people being evacuated from Churachandpur, 2,000 from Imphal, and 2,000 from Moreh. The evacuees are being provided assistance at Army camps and Assam Rifles COBs.

In addition to the evacuation efforts, the Indian Army and Assam Rifles have conducted flag marches and aerial reconnaissance in areas of Churachandpur, Imphal, and Kakching districts. The Army and Assam Rifles have deployed a total of 55 columns so far to restore law and order, and an additional 14 columns are on standby for deployment at short notice.

The situation in Manipur remains tense, and the government is working to restore peace and order in the state. The governor’s shoot-at-sight order is a drastic measure aimed at preventing any further violence and maintaining public order.

The Chief Minister’s appeal to all citizens to maintain calm and cooperate with the authorities is critical for ensuring that the situation does not escalate further. The government is keeping a close watch on the situation and will take all necessary steps to ensure the safety and security of its citizens.