In a bid to address the escalating violence in Manipur, Chief Minister N Biren Singh reached out to his Mizoram counterpart, Chief Minister Zoramthanga, requesting his support to restore peace in the troubled state. During a telephonic conversation on Sunday, Singh also urged Zoramthanga to ensure the safety of Meitei people residing in Mizoram.
Zoramthanga took to Twitter to share the details of their discussion, stating, “Chief Minister of Manipur, Shri N Biren Singh spoke to me over the phone at 12:30 PM regarding the Manipur ongoing violence asking for my aid in resolving the issue with a hope that henceforth there would be peaceful co-existence. Furthermore, the request is to take means and measures for the Mizoram Meitei to settle peacefully.”
Expressing Mizoram’s empathy towards the Meitei community, Zoramthanga assured Singh that the government and civil society organisations in Mizoram have already taken steps to establish peace and security.
The Mizoram home department’s statement revealed that as of Sunday, the Kolasib district hosted 4,250 displaced individuals, with 3,825 seeking refuge in Aizawl and 2,845 in Saitual. The remaining 779 displaced people found shelter in various districts such as Champhai, Lunglei, Mamit, Hnahthial, Serchhip, Siaha, Khawzawl, and Lawngtlai. To support those affected, the state government and village authorities have established 35 relief camps.
While the majority of the displaced individuals, who belong to the Zo ethnic tribes, are staying with relatives, others have found temporary accommodation in rented houses. The ongoing violence has led to a significant displacement of people, necessitating immediate action to restore normalcy.
Both chief ministers acknowledged the importance of maintaining peace and harmony among different communities residing in the northeastern states.