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Manipur CM meets Amit Shah, briefs him about prevailing situation in state

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NEW DELHI, Aug 25: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Thursday met Union home minister Amit
Shah here and briefed him about the prevailing situation in the restive state, sources said.
Singh also apprised the home minister about the steps taken to bring back normalcy in the northeastern
state.
Present political situation in Manipur was also discussed at the meeting, the sources said.
A few state ministers were also present at the meeting along with the chief minister.
“We have come here to take the advice of the home minister,” Singh said before his meeting with Shah.
The chief minister also said that situation in Manipur has been improving.
The meeting took place ahead of the one-day Monsoon session of the Manipur assembly on August 29.

The state cabinet had to recommend the date for convening the assembly session for the second time
after the House could not meet on August 21 as no notification was issued by the Raj Bhavan despite the
cabinet’s earlier recommendation.
Ten Kuki MLAs, including those belonging to the ruling BJP, had expressed their inability to attend the
assembly session as the ethnic violence in the state continued.
Naga MLAs had also said they would not be attending the session as they felt Naga peace talks were
being hindered by the state government.
Speaking at a programme where temporary shelter homes were handed over to over 300 families in
Imphal East district on Wednesday, the chief minister said the situation in Manipur was gradually
improving.
“Our first priority is to rehabilitate the affected people in both hills and the valley. Pre-fabricated houses
are being built at eight sites,” he said.
Singh said the apprehension that there might be gun attacks has mostly gone now. “We believe
normalcy will be restored. This has been possible because of the collective efforts,” the chief minister
said.
The violence in the state erupted on May 3 after a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ was organised in the hill
districts to protest against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.
Since then, more than 160 people have died and several hundreds were injured in ethnic clashes in
Manipur.
The Meitei community accounts for about 53 per cent of Manipur’s population and live mostly in the
Imphal Valley, while tribals, which include Nagas and Kukis, constitute 40 per cent and reside mainly in
the hill districts.
Proceedings of both Houses of Parliament were also badly hit due to the continuous protests by
opposition parties over the Manipur violence in the nearly month-long Monsoon session which
concluded on August 11.
The session started a day after a video of two women being paraded naked by a mob on May 4 in a
Manipur village went viral, triggering a nationwide outrage.
The Manipur Police has arrested several accused who were seen in the video.
On July 27, the government decided to hand over the probe into the case of the naked parade of two
women to the CBI and filed a petition in the Supreme Court saying the trial of the cases should be
conducted outside the state. (PTI)

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