Manipur Government Plans to Airlift Meiteis from Mizoram Amid Violence
Manipur Government Plans to Airlift Meiteis from Mizoram Amid Violence

Imphal: The Manipur government has announced its plan to airlift Meiteis, a community engaged in violence with the Kukis, from Mizoram's capital, Aizawl. This decision came after an organisation of former militants in Mizoram asked the Meiteis to leave for their own safety, citing anger among Mizo youths over a disturbing incident that occurred on May 4. In the incident, two women from the Kuki community were disrobed, paraded naked, and sexually assaulted by a group of men, and the video of the incident went viral, leading to outrage.

The Mizoram Police has intensified security measures to ensure the safety of Meiteis in Aizawl. Security has been heightened at various educational institutions where Meitei students reside. However, the exact timeline for the airlifting process has not been disclosed yet. A few thousand Meiteis, mainly from Manipur and south Assam, currently reside in Mizoram.

The situation escalated following a statement by MNF Returnees Association (PAMRA) urging Meiteis to leave Mizoram for their safety. In response, the Mizo Student's Union (MSU) announced its plan to conduct a Meitei census at various educational institutions in Mizoram.

The Mizoram government has assured the Meitei community of their safety and urged them not to be swayed by rumors. The State home commissioner and secretary held a meeting with Meitei community leaders to provide reassurance.

Since May 3, violence has erupted, resulting in over 160 fatalities and several injuries. The violence was triggered by a 'Tribal Solidarity March' held in the hill districts to protest against the Meitei community's demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.

Meiteis constitute approximately 53 percent of Manipur's population and predominantly reside in the Imphal Valley, while the tribal communities, including Nagas and Kukis, make up 40 percent and are primarily located in the hill districts.

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