Kohima, June 11: In the aftermath of escalating violence in Manipur, approximately 1,500 individuals have sought refuge in various parts of neighboring Nagaland, according to recent reports.
While some of these displaced individuals are staying with their relatives, others have been provided accommodation in houses offered by local villagers.
“The Nagaland government is in the process of collecting accurate data. However, based on available reports, it is estimated that around 1,500 people from Manipur have sought shelter in various locations across the state,” stated Abhijit Sinha, the home commissioner.
The clashes between the Kuki and Meite people, which began in early May, have resulted in the tragic loss of over 100 lives in Manipur.
To restore peace and normalcy in the violence-stricken region, over 10,000 army and paramilitary personnel have been deployed.
Currently, a total of 37,450 people are taking refuge in 272 relief camps within Manipur. The clashes initially erupted on May 3 following a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ organized in the hill districts, as a response to the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.
The Meitei community constitutes approximately 53 percent of Manipur’s population and primarily resides in the Imphal Valley. The tribal communities, including Nagas and Kukis, account for an additional 40 percent of the population and predominantly reside in the hill districts.
Efforts are underway by the authorities to address the ongoing crisis and facilitate the safe return of the displaced individuals to their homes.