New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced that a probe panel led by a retired High Court judge will investigate the violence in Manipur, which led to the death of at least 80 people and left several injured since May 3.
Addressing a press conference during his four-day visit to the state, Shah said that the government is committed to restoring peace in Manipur as soon as possible and ensuring the return of refugees to their homes. “Manipur has remained calm since BJP came to power in the state. We have ensured development and welfare for people,” he said.
A peace committee under Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh, with all political parties, representatives from both sides will be set up, Shah said.
The home minister also assured free, fair and neutral investigation into Manipur violence. He announced that the Centre and Manipur government will give 5 lakh rupees as compensation to the family of the deceased victims.
Shah called the Manipur High Court’s order, which asked the state government to submit a recommendation to grant Scheduled Tribe (ST) status for the Meitei community, as a hasty decision which led to a conflict between the Kuki and Meiti community in Manipur.
Shah’s comments come a day after he visited relief camps housing both the Kukis and Meities and assured all support in ensuring their early and safe return home. He also met leaders and members of the Kuki community in Kangpokpi and Moreh, and assured them of safety and supply of essential items, including helicopter services for emergency situations.
Shah is on a visit in Manipur, which has been in a state of turmoil since May 3 after clashes broke out between the dominant Meitei community and the tribal Kuki community. While at least 80 people are reported to have died in the violence, the two communities have continued to engage in burning each other’s houses.