Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Sunday said that around 30 people he claimed were militants have been killed by security forces during retaliatory and defensive operations in the state. He, however, did not specify when they were killed.
The chief minister said that the militants were using “sophisticated arms” against civilians. “A few of them have been arrested as well,” he said.
Violence had first broken out in the North Eastern state on May 3 after thousands participated in a protest march organized by the All Tribal Students’ Union of Manipur to oppose the demand of the majority Meitei community to be included in the Scheduled Tribe category.
The protestors included the Kukis, one of the larger tribal communities in Manipur. They have been at odds with the state government, and, in particular, the chief minister who the community claims harbor’s Meitei “majoritarian” sentiments. The clashes have left at least 74 persons dead and over 35,000 displaced.
Fresh violence was also reported in the northeastern state on May 24. Two days later, a mob, largely led by members of the Meitei community, had attacked the home of Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Education RK Ranjan Singh to express their anger against Wednesday’s unrest. The Union minister.