Manipur Violence: 175 Dead, 1100 Injured; 96 Unclaimed Bodies in Hospitals

Over four months have passed since the violence began in Manipur, with police releasing figures of killed, injured, arson incidents, and weapons looted during the violence. 175 people have died, 1,108 have been injured, and 32 are still missing. Inspector General of Police (Operations) IK Muivah has provided this information.

The bodies of 9 out of 175 killed have not been identified yet, and relatives of 79 dead bodies have been traced. The Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) and Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) in Imphal have 28 and 26 bodies, respectively, while 42 are in the hospital in Churachandpur.

Miscreants have set 4,786 houses on fire, registered 5,172 cases of arson, demolished 254 churches and 132 temples, and looted 5,668 weapons. Security forces have recovered 1,329 weapons, 15,050 ammunition, and 400 bombs. IGP Muivah stated that the police, central forces, and civil administration are making every effort to bring peace and are trying 24 hours to bring it back. Security forces have also destroyed at least 360 illegal bunkers in the state.

A delegation of the Meitei community met Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, demanding the removal of Assam Rifles from the violence-hit area and deployment of other security forces. The Kuki community took a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ in protest against the demand for granting Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to the Meitei community, which has continued to escalate violence in Manipur.

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