Former Indian Army chief General VP Malik on Friday called for “urgent attention at the highest level” towards the violence in Manipur. He made the comment in response to a tweet by a retired lieutenant general from Manipur who said that the state had become “stateless”.
Ethnic clashes between the Meitei and Kuki communities which sparked off last month in Manipur continues unabated as the state has now slipped into a civil war-like situation. The violence has left more than 100 persons dead, over 300 injured and thousands displaced. Nearly 60,000 are taking shelter in 350 relief camps.
On Thursday, retired army officer L Nishikanta Singh, who hails from Manipur, compared the situation in the state to that in countries like Libya, Lebanon, Nigeria and Syria. “It appears Manipur has been left to stew in its own juice. Is anyone litening?” he tweeted.
In response, Malik posted that it was an “extraordinary sad call” and tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in his tweet urging for attention towards Manipur.
Malik was the Indian Army chief during the Kargil war.
An extraordinary sad call from a retired Lt Gen from Manipur. Law & order situation in Manipur needs urgent attention at highest…