In a troubling development, Manipur has become a focal point of violence as longstanding tensions between the populace and security forces have escalated dramatically.
The recent surge in unrest is attributed to what critics denounce as “extremist policies” under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, with severe consequences unfolding on the ground.
Reports suggest that since May 2023, alleged brutality by Indian police in Manipur has pushed the local population to the brink of tolerance. In response, an enraged mob launched an assault on the Thubal police headquarters, leading to a clash between the rebel group and Indian security forces. NDTV reported that three army personnel sustained serious injuries during the confrontation.
Critics argue that the Modi government’s deployment of a reserve force to quell the unrest faced resistance and incurred the wrath of protesters. The attack on the Manipur Police Headquarters is being characterized as a public backlash against what some experts deem the “incompetence” of the reserve force.
The situation has taken a grim turn, with over 1,000 reported deaths and more than 60,000 people displaced since the unrest commenced on May 3, 2023, according to BBC reports.
Disturbingly, over 300 women are alleged to have fallen victim to sexual assault during the Manipur riots, as reported by sources.
Amid the chaos, there are assertions that the people of Manipur are being used as pawns in a political game, with opposition leaders accusing the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of manipulating the situation for political gains.
An unnamed opposition leader emphasized that the people of Manipur are paying the price for the political ambitions of the BJP.
Furthermore, Human Rights Watch has criticized the Modi government, alleging a lack of serious attention to the violence in Manipur. The international organization points to the ongoing crisis as evidence of the government’s failure to address the root causes of the conflict and ensure the safety and well-being of the affected population.