Manipur Violence: Swift govt action, CBI probes missing students’ tragedy and commits to addressing the broader unrest.
In Manipur violence, the government has pledged to take swift and decisive action following the emergence of photos depicting the bodies of two missing students on social media. The two students have been identified as 17-year-old Hijam Linthoingambi and 20-year-old Phijam Hemjit. The Manipur Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) has confirmed that the case has been transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
On 6 July 2023 meitei minors Linthoingambi & hemanjit went missing and ever since their whereabouts are not known.
Today a picture surfaced of the two teenagers having been brutally Murdered by #KukiTerrorists
Bodies still not found. #savemeitei#Dunki #Salaar pic.twitter.com/df7tiBLbw9
— I AM MANIPURI & A MEITEI (@all4Manipur) September 25, 2023
CMO Hands Case to CBI
In a statement issued on September 25, the Manipur CMO expressed awareness of the situation and reiterated that the case had already been handed over to the CBI per the desires of the state’s residents. The photographs, which have gone viral on social media, depict the two students seated in what appears to be a makeshift jungle camp belonging to an armed group.
The Manipur police, in collaboration with central security agencies, are actively investigating the case to determine the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the two students and to identify those responsible for their alleged murder, as indicated by the statement.
Press Release from Chief Minister’s Secretariat. pic.twitter.com/Z7ds64Pas8
— CMO Manipur (@manipur_cmo) September 26, 2023
Swift Action Promised
Security forces have initiated a search operation to apprehend the perpetrators involved in this distressing incident. The government has assured the public that swift and resolute action will be taken against all individuals implicated in the kidnapping and killing of Phijam Hemjit and Hijam Linthoingambi. The government is unwavering in its commitment to ensuring that justice is served, and it intends to impose severe penalties on anyone found guilty of this heinous crime. The statement further encourages the public to remain patient and allow the authorities to handle the investigation.
Tragic Incident May Ethnic Clashes
The backdrop to this tragic incident is the turmoil and violence that have engulfed Manipur since May. The unrest began following a high court order instructing the state government to consider granting Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to the non-tribal Meitei community. This order sparked ethnic clashes, resulting in more than 170 fatalities and several hundred injuries. The violence initially erupted on May 3 during a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ organized in the hill districts to protest the Meitei community’s demand for ST status.
The Manipur government’s commitment to resolving the case and delivering justice to the victims reflects the gravity of the situation and the need to address the underlying tensions in the region. The involvement of the CBI underscores the government’s determination to ensure a thorough and impartial investigation into this tragic incident.
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