Manipur violence: Over 50,000 displaced people staying in 349 relief camps

Imphal: Price control mechanism put in place in State to check price rise of essential commodities

BY | Sunday, 11 June, 2023
Union Home Minister speak to people in a refugee camp in Imphal during his visit to the state on 31 May 2023

Over 50,000 people, who have been displaced by the ethnic violence in Manipur, are currently staying at 349 relief camps across the state, a minister said on Sunday.

State Information and Public Relations Minister Dr R K Ranjan said combing operations have been launched in all districts, particularly in vulnerable areas.

He said 53 arms and 39 bombs have been recovered during the operation.

Ranjan, who is also the government spokesperson, said a road map for education of students, which has been affected due to the ethnic clashes, has been chalked out and would be made public soon.

“Altogether 50,698 people displaced by the ethnic violence are currently sheltered at 349 relief camps,” said an official statement quoting the minister.

District and cluster nodal officers have been asked to look after the relief centres which have been opened especially for women, elderly people and children.

A price control mechanism has been put in place to check the price rise of essential commodities, he said, adding that various goods are being brought to the state through NH- 37.

As much as 35,000 metric tonnes of construction materials, fuels and essential commodities have been taken to Manipur in 2,376 trucks since violence erupted in early May, the statement said.

Altogether 198 of the existing 242 bank branches are now operational, and the rest would be made functional at the earliest, Ranjan said.

Notably, large numbers of weapons were looted from police stations in early May when ethnic violence broke out in the state.

Both Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Union Home Minister Amit Shah have appealed to people to surrender their weapons.

Overall, 990 arms and 13,526 ammunition have been surrendered to the government, the statement said.

Army and para-military forces in collaboration with the state police have been carrying out combing operations to defang communities and bring back peace in the state.

Meanwhile, a drop box for returning weapons snatched from security forces set up at the home of a BJP legislator from Imphal East has become a popular attraction with local youth, who have taken advantage of the anonymous facility to deposit 130 weapons, including sophisticated automatic rifles.

A large poster at a covered shed outside the home of L Susindro Meitei, who is currently a minister in the Manipur government, said ‘Please drop your snatched weapons here’ both in English and Meitei language.

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