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In an effort to restore peace and order in Manipur, security forces comprising of Army and Assam Rifles personnel have taken decisive action to enforce the cessation of violence. Recent incidents of unrest have rocked the region, leading to the deployment of additional troops and close monitoring of the situation.

The troubled night saw a mob of 150-200 individuals setting two vehicles ablaze in Imphal, while intermittent firing was reported near Yaingangpokpi in the Imphal East district until midnight. Fortunately, no casualties have been reported thus far, alleviating concerns over loss of life.

Responding to the escalating situation, two separate columns of security personnel from the Army and Assam Rifles were swiftly deployed to the general vicinity of the Songdo village on Friday night. Their primary objective is to enforce a halt to the ongoing violence that has plagued the area. However, this critical movement was not without its challenges, as interference was encountered during the induction of additional Border Security Force (BSF) troops in the Bishnupur market area.

Further reports indicate that gunfire exchanges were intermittently observed near Yaingangpokpi in the Imphal East district, underscoring the volatile nature of the environment. Authorities are keeping a vigilant eye on the situation, leaving no room for complacency.

Since the outbreak of ethnic violence on May 3, triggered by a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ organized to protest the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe status, the toll on human lives has been devastating. Tragically, over 120 people have lost their lives, while more than 3,000 individuals have been injured. Recognizing the urgency and gravity of the situation, a formidable force of approximately 40,000 central security personnel, in addition to the Manipur Police, has been deployed to bring normalcy back to the state.

As the security forces rally to quell the unrest and enforce peace, the focus remains firmly on restoring harmony and stability in Manipur. Efforts to deescalate tensions and facilitate dialogue among conflicting parties are crucial to prevent further loss of life and foster reconciliation in the region. The coming days will test the resilience and effectiveness of the security measures put in place, with hopes pinned on a peaceful resolution and the eventual healing of the affected communities.

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