Unrest in Manipur Continues: According to sources from the Manipur government, a mob targeted and set ablaze the residence of Union Minister of State for External Affairs, RK Ranjan Singh, in Kongba, Imphal, late on Thursday night.
This incident occurred just a day after Minister Nemcha Kipgen's residence was also set on fire on June 14.
Addressing the media, MEA Rajkumar Ranjan Singh stated, "I am currently in Kerala for official work. Thankfully, no one was injured at my Imphal home last night. The attackers used petrol bombs, causing significant damage to the ground floor and first floor of my house."
At approximately 11 pm on Thursday, a crowd forcefully breached the security of Minister Ranjan Singh's residence, making a deliberate attempt to set his property ablaze.
Despite the presence of house guards stationed at the residential gate, their outnumbered presence proved insufficient to prevent the mob's intrusion.
In order to manage the situation, the Imphal East police resorted to the use of tear gas shells, effectively dispersing the crowd that had gathered near RK Ranjan Singh's residence.
Expressing his deep concern, the Union Minister made a heartfelt plea for peace, stating, "Witnessing the distressing events unfolding in my home state fills me with immense sadness. I implore once again for peace to prevail. The individuals responsible for perpetrating such acts of violence display a complete lack of humanity."
Approximately a month ago, the ethnic clashes between the Meitei and Kuki communities in Manipur resulted in the tragic loss of over 100 lives, with over 300 individuals sustaining injuries.
Many people continue to be displaced and are compelled to seek refuge in relief camps. To restore peace in the state, the deployment of army and paramilitary forces has been enacted.
Presently, curfew measures are in effect in 11 districts of Manipur, while the suspension of internet services persists.
Following the organization of a 'Tribal Solidarity March' in the hill districts of Manipur on May 3, violent clashes erupted in various areas. The march aimed to protest against the Meitei community's demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.