As curfew is clamped in several districts of the state following the violence that broke out at several places across Manipur on Wednesday, Chief Minister N Biren Singh has called upon the people to cooperate with the government and maintain peace and harmony in the state.
"My humble appeal to everyone in the State to cooperate with the Government in maintaining peace and harmony at this hour," CM Biren tweeted on Thursday along with a video post.
In his address to the people of the state in the video post, the chief minister said the incidents of violence are a result of prevailing misunderstanding between two sections of the society.
"During the last 24 hours, some incidents of clashes, vandalism and arson have been reported in Imphal, Churachandpur, Bishnupur, Kangpokpi and Moreh. Precious lives have been, besides damage to properties and residences, which is very very unfortunate. These incidents are a result of misunderstanding between two sections of our society," the chief minister said.
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The chief minister also said that the state government is making efforts to control the law and order situation in the state. Additional central paramilitary forces have been requisitioned for deployment in sensitive areas, he said.
"The state government is seized of the developments and taking all steps to control the law and order situation in the state. Additional central paramilitary forces have been requisitioned for deployment in sensitive areas,” Biren said.
Expressing his government’s commitment to protecting the lives and property of the state, he said: "We are committed to protect the lives and property of our people.
"Long-term grievances of communities will also be addressed suitably in due course in consultation with the people in and their representative organisations.”
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The chief minister also expressed his government’s commitment to protecting the lives and property of the state.
“We are committed to protect the lives and property of our people. Long-term grievances of communities will also be addressed suitably in due course in consultation with the people in and their representative organisations.
“Manipur is a state in which we have all coexisted for centuries. We should not allow the culture of communal harmony between the people living in the hills and the valley to be disturbed by vested interests.”
Seeking the people’s cooperation and appealing to the people to maintain peace and harmony in their “respective areas,” he said, “I urge you not to believe in rumours and unverified messages.”
“While soliciting your cooperation in maintaining peace, the deployed state police and Central forces have been directed to take strict actions against individuals and groups indulging in violence. We should all stand united to restore normalcy in Manipur at the earliest,” he added.
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Meanwhile, curfew has been imposed in Imphal, Churachandpur, Pherzawl, Thoubal, Kangpokpi and Tengnoupal districts, following the several incidents of clashes, violence and arson that took place after the "Tribal Solidarity March Against the Meitei/Meetei ST Demand" was carried out in all hill districts of Manipur. The peacful protest rally called by the All Tribal Students Union Manipur saw an unprecented turnout of particpants that march through the hill areas.
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