Manipur peace

Imphal, June 11: In a positive development, Manipur Information and Public Relations Minister DR Sapam Ranjan announced that peace and normalcy are gradually returning to the state, with no untoward incidents reported in the last 24 hours.

Combing operations have been initiated in various locations across Manipur, indicating the government’s commitment to restoring stability.

With ethnic violence plaguing the region, Chief Minister N Biren Singh previously acknowledged that the clashes had claimed the lives of approximately 60 individuals and led to the destruction of homes. However, recent efforts have resulted in the operation of 349 relief camps, offering much-needed support to affected communities.

In terms of security measures, the state government has made significant progress in the recovery of looted arms. Out of the total 4,537 arms stolen, 990 have been successfully retrieved. Notably, recent operations led to the recovery of 53 weapons, 39 bombs, and 74 ammunition and magazines.

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To ensure long-term peace and harmony, the government is taking comprehensive steps. Plans are underway to reactivate the railway station in Khongsang within the next seven to ten days, thereby restoring vital transportation services. The deployment of 114 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) further reinforces the government’s commitment to maintaining law and order.

Joint Combing Operations conducted by the Security Forces have yielded positive results, with 22 weapons recovered during the latest operation. These operations have played a crucial role in bringing the situation under control and preventing further escalation of violence.

In a significant move, the central government has constituted a Peace Committee in Manipur, chaired by the Governor. The committee aims to facilitate the peacemaking process among various ethnic groups in the state. This development follows Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Manipur and his announcement of the peace panel’s formation to restore normalcy.

The unrest in Manipur was sparked by a high court directive to consider including the Meitei community in the list of Scheduled Tribes. The subsequent protests and clashes prompted the deployment of paramilitary forces by the central government.

As the state continues to work towards lasting peace, these recent developments signal a significant step forward in the restoration of harmony and security for the people of Manipur. The government’s commitment to proactive measures, along with the support of security forces and the formation of the Peace Committee, instills hope for a peaceful future in the region.