Cachar, May 06: More than 1,000 people have fled Manipur to take shelter in Assam’s Cachar district following violent clashes in Manipur. Assam’s Chief Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, has asked the Cachar district administration to care for the displaced families.
The refugees are being accommodated in six camps set up in schools and community halls in the Lakhipur subdivision of the Cachar district.
Several families affected by the recent incidents in Manipur have sought refuge in Assam. I have requested the District Administration of #Cachar to take care of these families.I am also in constant communication with the HCM @NBirenSingh and have pledged the full support of the…
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) May 5, 2023
They are being provided with essential supplies, including rations, by the local authorities. The DC of Cachar, Rohan Kumar Jha, has appealed to the public not to spread rumors about the unrest in Manipur.
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According to Cachar SP Numal Mahatta, people from Manipur began crossing the Jiri River into Assam on Thursday night. The Assam administration has made elaborate arrangements to provide shelter to those coming from troubled Manipur without considering their racial identity.
Many people have also taken shelter in their relatives’ houses. The situation along the border is peaceful, and more essential supplies will be provided as needed.
The refugees fled from Manipur following violent clashes that broke out during a rally protesting the inclusion of the state’s majority Meitei community in the ST list. The Meitei community is not recognized as a Scheduled Tribe in Manipur, and there have been demands for their inclusion in the ST list for several years.
The refugee crisis highlights the need for peace and stability in the region. It is essential to address the concerns of various communities to prevent such conflicts in the future. The authorities should work towards finding a peaceful resolution to the issues affecting the region to ensure the safety and well-being of its residents.