Manipur violence: BSF jawan killed, internet ban extended till June 10

Two Assam Rifles personnel injured: Army

Manipur violence Security forces personnel during their 'Extensive Area Domination Operations' to bring peace & harmony in violence-hit areas of Manipur | PTI

With the unrest prevailing in Manipur, the state government has extended the ban on internet services till June 10 to prevent further disturbance in the violence-hit state. A BSF jawan was killed and two Assam Rifles personnel got injured, said Army on Tuesday.

The injured have been air evacuated to Mantripukhri and search operations are in progress, Army added.

Also, three persons were killed in the violence that broke out between two armed groups in Imphal on Monday night.

The incident happened in Kangchup area of the district and at least four persons were injured, said police officials.

Following the unrest, the internet ban was imposed on May 3.

In an order, the state government on Monday evening stated that the internet services will be suspended for five more days...till 3 pm of June 10.

The Commission of inquiry headed by former chief justice of Gauhati High Court Ajai Lamba was set up to probe the situation in Manipur. The commission will make inquiry of the causes and spread of the violence particularly between the two communities.

The other members of the commission include retired IAS officer Himanshu Shekhar Das and retired IPS officer Aloka Prabhakar.

So far, the violence had claimed 80 lives. It was on May 3 ethnic clashes broke out between Meitei and Kuki communities.

The commission will also look into the sequence of events leading to the riots. Also, whether any lapses occurred from the authorities/individuals will also be probed.

The inquiry report will be submitted to the central government within six months from the date of its first sitting.

The headquarters of the commission will be set up in Imphal.

Since the ethnic clashes broke out, Manipur has been witnessing sporadic violence.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah was in the state for four days evaluating the situation. He had appealed to the people to surrender their weapons and also warned strict action against those who don't.

After HM's appeal, over 140 weapons were surrendered. Searches were conducted by the Army in different places to recover unlicensed arms and weapons.


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