Guwahati: To discuss the backdrop of the ongoing violence in Manipur, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma called on his Manipur counterpart N Biren Singh on Saturday during his visit to the strife-torn state.
Chief Minister Sarma flew down from Guwahati earlier this morning for the meeting that aimed at addressing the pressing issues and working towards restoring peace and normalcy in Manipur.
According to sources, the Assam CM was carrying a message from Delhi as all sides work to find a solution to the ethnic violence in the state that claimed over 100 lives since May 3.
A senior BJP leader, who was present at the meeting, said, “We highlighted the issues of the state concerning the violence. CM Himanta Biswa Sarma assured us that he will work at his level best to restore peace in Manipur.”
The leader further said, “CM Sarma said the Manipur BJP should not hesitate to ask what is needed and he will make sure those requirements are met.”
The Assam chief minister also asserted that he will inform Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the situation and will be back here again in a few days.
The Supreme Court on Friday declined the urgent listing of a plea against the suspension of internet services in the violence-hit state since May 3, saying High Court is seized of the matter.
“High Court is seized of the matter. Why are you duplicating it? Let it come before the regular bench,” said a vacation bench of Justices Aniruddha Bose and Rajesh Bindal.
The ban on the internet was imposed on May 3 and remains in effect till now.
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The violence in Manipur between the Hindu Meiteis and the tribal Kuki, who are Christians, erupted after a rally by the All Tribal Students Union of Manipur (ATSUM) on May 3.
Violence has gripped the entire state for more than a month now and the Central government had to deploy paramilitary forces to bring the situation under control.
A total of 37,450 people are currently sheltered in 272 relief camps.
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