Authorities in a remote state in northeastern India claimed to have restored peace with security measures after a outbreak of riots and ethnic violence that left 60 dead and displaced 35,000 civilians last week.
Nails 230 people were injured and some 1,700 homes were burned by mobs after fierce clashes between tribal groups and a non-tribal group, amid disputes over financial aid and an official protected group designation, Manipur state chief minister N Biren Singh told reporters late Monday.
Thousands of civilians, escorted by security personnel, were returning to their homes once the police and the army had brought the situation under control with street patrols and a curfew who was staying active, Singh said. During the clashes, 1,041 weapons and 7-460 rounds of ammunition were stolen from security forces. The mob also set fire to some places of worship.
Indian Home Minister Amit Shah told India Today news channel on Monday that the situation in Manipur was under control and called on people to keep the peace.
The violence in Manipur, which borders Myanmar, began last week after protests by more than 50,000 Kukis and members of other Christian-majority tribal communities in Churachandpur and other neighboring districts.
They were protesting the demand of the majority Hindu Meitei community for special status that would give them aid such as the right to farm in forested areas, access to cheap bank loans and educational and health centers, as well as an unspecified quota. of government jobs.
Minority leaders said the Meitei community enjoys a more affluent position by comparison and giving it more privileges would be unfair. The Meitei say the employment quota and other benefits for tribal groups would be protected.
Two-thirds of the state’s 2.5 million people live in a valley that covers about 10% of the state’s total land area.
The Meiteis are Hindus, while rival groups such as the Kuki and other tribes are mostly Christian and live mainly in the surrounding hill districts.
Muslim-majority ethnic groups account for around 8% of the state’s population.
(with information from AP)
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