Imphal: Days after tension prevailed in Manipur’s Kamjong district following an alleged inter-village land dispute, no further incidents of violence were reported on Tuesday, marking a return to normalcy in the clash-hit hill district.
Mobile internet and data services were also restored after 24 hours of temporary suspension across the state on Monday evening amid a scare of fresh violence.
In a circular issued on Tuesday evening, Manipur governor Najma Helptulla said, “On the report of the director-general of police that the situation at Chassad village in Kamjong district has improved and the suspension of mobile internet or data services may not require further.”
Chief minister N Biren Singh also appealed the public to maintain calm and restraint and not to spread rumours and inflammatory words, given the sensitivity of the incident.
According to sources, heavy security continued to be deployed in the area to maintain law and order headed by additional DGP L Kailun, despite reports of no further escalation of any untoward incidents.
The sources also informed that villagers of Chassad, whose houses were burnt down on Monday and took refuge at an Assam Rifles camp in Kamjong during the violence, have reportedly returned to their houses.
Meanwhile, a peace committee has been constituted comprising leaders of both Chassad and Kamjong villages to avoid further violence, sources said.
According to the police, around 150 houses in Chassad village were affected in the incidents of arson on Monday. Violence was reportedly triggered by a land dispute between Chassad and Sampui villages in Kamjong district.
On Sunday, jhum fields of a local villager were burnt down by unknown miscreants in Chassad village. In retaliation, angry locals set an under-construction petrol pump on fire in Kamjong. Some workers at the petrol pump were also reportedly beaten up, said reports.
Moreover, due to roadblocks by Chassad locals, many passengers, both coming from Imphal and Kamjong, were forced to spend the night on the road. Unidentified youths also threw stones at village elders who were on their way for a meeting over the issue, leading to arson, said reports.