Imphal: A day after Manipur Chief Minister informed that more than 20,000 people who were left stranded in relief camps have been moved to safety till Monday, and that another 10,000 more stranded people will be transported to safety as soon as possible, 3,500 stranded people, out of around 6,000, who were staying at 143 Battalion CRPF Camp in Lamphel have been evacuated, informed Power Minister Thongam Biswajit on Tuesday.
Most of the stranded people who were taking shelter at the 1st Manipur Rifles, 2nd Manipur Rifles and 86th CRPF camp in Lamphel in the capital city Imphal, in the aftermath of the May 3 ethnic violence have been evacuated on Tuesday.
State Force and Central Paramilitary Forces have evacuated almost 90 per cent of the displaced people at the three emergency relief camps in Lamphel. These camps have been placed under high security zones and no outsiders, including media persons, are allowed entry.
A team led by Power Minister Thongam Biswajit, Patsoi MLA Sapam Keba and Imphal West district Deputy Commissioner Th. Kirankumar visited the CRPF Battalion Camp at Lamphel today.
Speaking on the sidelines of the visit, Minister Th. Biswajit said the May 3 violence affected both the ethnic communities of the State. He expressed confidence that evacuation of all displaced people will be completed in the next couple of days.
Minister Th. Biswajit informed that around 3,500 stranded people, out of around 6,000, who were staying at 143 Battalion CRPF Camp in Lamphel have been evacuated. He added that the Assam Rifles would further evacuate around 150 to 200 people out of the remaining people left in the camp to Chandel, Tengnoupal and Moreh. While at the 86 Battalion CRPF Camp, out of 3,000 people, only 1,200 people are remaining.
Minister Biswajit assured that evacuation of people from various places, including Mantripukhri and Langjing would continue.
The Manipur chief minister on Monday appointed three ministers Y Khemchand, K Govindas and Awangbow Newmai as in-charge to oversee the transportation of persons who have been stranded.
The Manipur Chief Minister also assured that the stranded people from different locations were being provided best possible care and support.
N Biren Singh also informed of a high-level inquiry to be conducted against those responsible and also to those who failed to discharge their responsibilities in containing the unrest, bringing the State on the boil resulting in loss of lives of around 60 “innocent people”, 231injured, and 1700 houses burnet down in the ethnic violence.
N Biren, terming the ethnic violence among the two communities in Manipur an “unfortunate incident and deeply saddening,” informed ex gratia:
For dead or expired – Rs 5 lakh
For grievous injuries – Rs 2 lakh; For non-grievous injuries – Rs 25,000
Up to Rs 2 lakh as relief for families whose houses have been burnt, after assessment by the authorities.
Meanwhile, around 145 students from Nagaland, including few students from Assam have been evacuated from Manipur’s Tengnoupal district, Moreh to the capital city Imphal Tuseday morning. Moreh is one of the affected conflict-hit hill areas. The evacuation was led by Prof Gambhir Singh of Relief Committee, Manipur University, Canchipur, assisted by security forces. The stranded students have been fed meals and have been moved to relief camp. They will be evacuated to Nagaland tomorrow, according to sources.
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