Manipur violence: Minister’s house vandalised by mob

Imphal: The house of Manipur PWD Minister Konthoujam Govindas in Bishnupur district was vandalised by an irate mob this week, claiming that the state government has not yet taken sufficient and appropriate steps to protect locals from armed militants belonging to another community.

Govindas, who also holds the Youth Affairs and Sports portfolio, is a senior BJP member.

However, the minister and his family members were not present at the house when around 100 agitated people, mostly women, ransacked the house in Ningthoukhong Bazar area of Bishnupur district and damaged the gate, windows, a few furniture, electronic gadgets and vehicles parked at his residence.

This is for the first time a minister and a senior BJP leader’s house was vandalised after the ethnic violence between Meitei and Kuki community people broke out in Manipur on May 3, claiming the lives of at least 71 people and injuring over 300.

In separate incidents, fresh tension erupted in Bishnupur district after reports of arson and attacks by militants in the intervening night of May 22 and 23 at Tera Khongsangbi, while a large number of women blocked vehicular movement in Tiddim road, including those of security forces.

According to reports, 54,000 people have been displaced, 20 police stations have been torched and 2,000 buildings have been gutted in Manipur.

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