Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday issued an appeal to Kuki groups to maintain peace for 15 days in Manipur, reported PTI.
The North Eastern state has witnessed ethnic clashes between Meiteis and Kukis since May 3 that have left at least 81 persons dead, over 200 injured and thousands displaced.
The home minister is on a three-day visit to Manipur. In a meeting with Kuki civil society groups and other tribal leaders in the Churachandpur district, Shah assured of dispatching more security personnel for the safety of people.
“He [Shah] assured a permanent political solution for the tribals of the state while asking for 15 days of peace, ” Indigenous Tribal Leaders Forum spokesperson Ginza Vualzong said, according to The Indian Express. “As requested, we will maintain peace. But we have to defend ourselves if we are being attacked.”
Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation, Shri @AmitShah held a meeting with Prominent personalities and delegation of the Civil Society Organisations in Churachandpur, Manipur.@HMOIndia @PIB_India @airnewsalerts @DDNewslive pic.twitter.com/AhXfVOwYlU
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Lal Ngaiteh, the spokesperson of the Zomi Students Federation, said the tribal bodies had put forward several demands including the imposition of president’s rule in Manipur and a separate administration. “We also want peace,” he said. “But we no longer…