In a resolute response to the violence-ridden situation in Manipur, the central government has made key appointments and initiated investigative measures to restore peace and deliver justice. Rajiv Singh, a distinguished IPS officer from the Tripura cadre and former Inspector General (IG) of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), has been appointed as the new Director General of Police (DGP) for Manipur. Simultaneously, an ex-High Court judge has been entrusted with the critical role of heading the probe panel.
Following his four-day visit to Manipur, Union Home Minister Amit Shah unveiled significant developments during a press conference in Imphal. Shah highlighted the gravity of the situation and declared that the central government had formed a probe committee, to be led by a retired judge of the High Court, to thoroughly investigate the incidents of ethnic violence that have resulted in the loss of lives and property damage.
Acknowledging the urgent need for comprehensive investigations, Union Home Minister Shah emphasized that multiple agencies, including the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), were actively involved in probing the violent incidents. The CBI has been tasked with conducting a high-level investigation into six specific instances, suggesting the possibility of a deeper conspiracy behind the unrest. This multi-agency approach ensures a comprehensive examination of all aspects related to violence, leaving no stone unturned in the pursuit of truth.
To address the immediate needs of the affected families, Shah announced that the Manipur Government would provide Rs 5 lakh compensation to the next of kin of deceased victims through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). Furthermore, the Central Government would extend an additional Rs 5 lakh compensation through DBT, underscoring its commitment to supporting the victims and their families during this difficult time.
Recognizing the pressing healthcare needs of those affected by the violence, the central government promptly dispatched eight teams of medical experts, including 20 doctors, to offer much-needed aid. As of now, five teams have already arrived in Manipur, with three more en route, ready to provide essential medical assistance to those in need.
The central government has also taken additional measures to address various aspects of the situation in Manipur. An inquiry commission, headed by an ex-High Court judge who previously served as the Chief Justice of a High Court, has been established to investigate the violence. Additionally, an inter-agency Unified Command under the chairmanship of Kuldeep Singh, Security Advisor, has been formed to coordinate and enhance security efforts.
A peace committee, supervised by the Governor of Manipur, has been set up to include Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and representatives from all communities, aiming to foster dialogue and reconciliation.
Efforts are underway to provide essential supplies and relief to the affected areas. An additional 15,000 + 15,000 metric tons of rice will be sent for two months, along with supplies of vegetables, cooking gas, and other essentials. Furthermore, separate camps will be established where people can obtain supplies, including medicines, either through purchase or using their e-ration cards.
To ensure efficient implementation of these measures, an inter-ministerial team of senior central government officials will be stationed in Manipur. This team, led by a Joint Secretary-level officer and comprising five Director-level officers, will oversee the smooth functioning of the initiatives.
In addition, 15 petrol pumps have been operationalized and will be open 24×7 to cater to the fuel needs of the people.
Temporary platforms are being built on a war footing at Khongsang railway station, with the aim of activating the railway line within the next 4-5 days.
Recognizing that medical doctors are inadequate in the Kuki-dominated areas, eight teams of double-graduate doctors have been sent. Three teams have reached, and five teams will be stationed in Ccpur, Kangpokpi, and Moreh districts.
Officials from the Union Ministry of Education are in Manipur today to discuss matters related to education and competitive examinations. Measures in this regard will be announced within the next two days.
Virtual hearing facilities will be activated for the Manipur High Court in Ccpur, Moreh, and Kangpokpi districts.
Helicopter services from Ccpur, Moreh, and Kangpokpi to the airport will be priced at approximately Rs. 2,000 per person.
An inter-ministerial team of senior Central Government officials will be stationed in Manipur to ensure all these facilities work efficiently. This team will have 5 Director-level officers and will be led by a Joint Secretary-level officer.
Measures have been taken to control movement into Manipur from the Myanmar border, including biometric and retina scan mechanisms.
The government intends to give a stern message to the SoO (Suspension of Operations) groups, emphasizing that any violation of the agreement will be strictly dealt with.
In terms of law enforcement, a combing operation by the police will commence tomorrow. The authorities have appealed to all individuals in possession of firearms to surrender their weapons. Anyone found holding firearms after the combing operation will be dealt with as per the law.
The central government is committed to addressing various aspects of the situation, including relief and rehabilitation. A relief and rehabilitation package, with a 5 lakh + 5 lakh allocation from the Government of Manipur and the Government of India, respectively, through the DBT scheme, will be provided to the families of the deceased. A separate relief and rehabilitation package will also be announced for the injured.
Furthermore, Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited the India-Myanmar border town of Moreh in Manipur as part of his confidence-building measures in the northeastern state. During his visit, he held a security review meeting with senior officials to assess the situation. Shah emphasized that the peace and prosperity of Manipur are the government’s top priority and instructed officials to take strict action against any activities that disrupt peace.
In Moreh, Shah met with a delegation of Kuki community representatives and expressed the government’s commitment to restoring normalcy in Manipur. He also interacted with various groups and communities, including a handful of Tamil traders residing in Moreh.
Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla and Director of the Intelligence Bureau Tapan Kumar Deka were Accompanying Shah on his visit. However, Chief Minister N Biren Singh was not present at these meetings.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Biren Singh appealed to the people of Manipur to refrain from causing roadblocks and hindrances to the movement of security personnel and relief materials.