Violence erupted in Manipur over the alleged kidnapping and killing of two Meitei students, who were reported missing since July 6. The bodies of the students were found on September 26 and their pictures went viral on social media, sparking public outrage.
Hundreds of protesters, mostly students, took to the streets and demanded justice for the victims. They also raised slogans against the state government and the central forces, accusing them of failing to protect the lives of the people.
On Thursday night, a mob tried to attack a residence belonging to Chief Minister Biren Singh’s family at Luwangsangbam Mamang Leikai in Imphal East district. The house was empty and security forces foiled the mob’s attempt by firing tear gas shells. The mob also torched a police vehicle and snatched a weapon from a policeman.
The state government has imposed curfew in Imphal East and Imphal West districts and suspended internet services to prevent further escalation of violence. The government has also extended Manipur’s status as a ‘disturbed area’ under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) for the next six months, except at 19 police stations, including Imphal.
The case of the killing of the two students has been handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for a fair probe. The Chief Minister has appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony and assured that the culprits will be brought to justice.