Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge criticized the BJP government for not responding adequately to the ongoing turmoil in Manipur. He accused the government of turning Manipur into a battlefield and expressed his concerns on Twitter. Kharge mentioned that the people of Manipur have suffered for 147 days without any visit from Prime Minister Modi. He highlighted the violence against students and stated that violence against women and children has become a weapon in this situation. Kharge called for the dismissal of the Chief Minister of Manipur as the first step to resolve the turmoil.
Kharge’s tweet was in response to the recent violence and protests following the alleged kidnapping and murder of two students in Manipur. Photos of these students had circulated widely on social media, causing public outrage.
In response to these developments, a team led by Special Director Ajay Bhatnagar from the CBI will investigate the reported kidnapping and killing of the two students. The Manipur government has handed over the case to the CBI, and the investigative team consists of experienced officers specializing in criminal investigation and forensic analysis.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh assured the public of the state and central governments’ collaboration in apprehending the culprits responsible for the students’ tragic demise. He mentioned his communication with Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah in their joint efforts to find the perpetrators.
Due to the seriousness of the situation, heightened security measures have been implemented, and security personnel are on high alert. The Manipur government has reinstated a ban on internet services for five days to prevent the spread of disinformation and any activities that may incite violence through social media platforms.
The unrest in Manipur began on May 3 due to protests by the Kuki and Meitei communities against a High Court directive regarding the inclusion of the Meitei community in the Scheduled Tribes category. This directive has led to tensions and disputes over land purchase rights in hilly areas. The Meitei community has sought ST status due to their increasing population and land requirements.