Over 60K security personnel deployed in Manipur: Anusuiya Uikey

Imphal: More than 60,000 security personnel have been deployed to the state, Manipur governor Anusuiya Uikey said on Thursday as she interacted with displaced people at a relief camp opened at Naorem Birahari College, Khundrakpam in Imphal East.

Search operations to nab miscreants have been continued and large amount of arms have been recovered. Bunkers have also been removed in many places, the governor said.

Manipur violence has been on boil since May 3 ethnic clash. The violence still continued between Kuki and Meetei with rampant gunfights.

On re-settlement of the displaced people, the said, as a temporary measure, pre-fabricated houses are being built at Sawombung and the displaced people will be there until the situation permits them to return to their respective places. Adequate compensation will also be given to the people for their burnt houses and properties, she added.

Altogether, 296 displaced people have been taking shelter at the Birahari College relief camp.

The governor heard about the grievances and hardships faced by the people and assured them to extend all possible help. She enquired about the facilities and amenities which were being provided to the people and directed the district administration to improve whatever necessary. She informed the people that she has directed the chief secretary for providing all requirements to the displaced people in relief camps. She also asked the district administration to initiate skill training for the displaced people.

In the interaction with the displaced people, the governor said, she has come to see them and feel shocked to see the aggrieved people in the relief camp. State government with the help of the Centre is making all out efforts to bring the situation to normal where all the communities including the Meiteis and Kukis can live together as usual. Hatred among the two communities has to be removed and the two communities should stop violence which is the prerequisite for initiating a meaningful dialogue. Only then peace and normalcy will be restored, she added.

“Violence will bring no solution and all have to shun violence,” she said. Only a meaningful dialogue will bring an amicable solution and therefore all stakeholders will come forward for talks, she added.

“An all communities meet will be held at Raj Bhavan to discuss the issue soon.”

The governor distributed blankets to the families in the camps from her side. She also distributed fans and rice cookers to the displaced people.

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