Imphal, May 8: The death toll in ethnic violence and clashes in Northeastern Manipur has risen to 60, according to Chief Minister N Biren Singh.
Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh on Monday advised people to exercise restraint and maintain peace. Singh said that a high-level inquiry will be conducted to hold those responsible for the violence.
According to veteran journalist Bharat Bhushan, â€œChurches, homes and other properties belonging to Kuki tribals were burnt down in clashes with the majority Meitei community.â€
â€œA police armoury has been looted, and both sides are using snatched weapons. More than 50 individuals have lost their lives. There is a danger that the ethnic violence may spread to neighbouring states â€“ non-Meiteis are evacuating Imphal. These are more than adequate indicators of the state government’s failure,â€ Bhushan wrote in his column for Business Standard.
Meanwhile, Manipur Chief Minister in his first public reaction to the ethnic clashes expressed gratitude to Indiaâ€™s federal Home Minister Amit Shah for â€œmonitoring the situation and sending central forces to restore normality at the earliest.â€
Unofficially, the death toll in Manipur violence is feared to be more than 100.