National Federation of Indian Women terms Manipur’s May 3 riot ‘state-sponsored’

Imphal: National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) has termed the May 3 riot in Manipur as ‘state-sponsored riot’.

A team from NFIW, which is one of the oldest women organisations in the country, conducted around three days of fact finding on the Manipur crisis.

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The team led by NFIW general secretary Annie Raja, along with two other members, NFIW national secretary Nisha Sindhu and independent Advocate Deeksha Duivedi reportedly visited both Meitei-dominated areas and Kuki dominated areas and came to the conclusion that the May 3 riot was state-sponsored.

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Addressing media at Manipur Press Club in Imphal on Saturday afternoon, general secretary of the NFIW Annie Raja said that the May 3 riot in Manipur was a state-sponsored riot and that is why the state government is not making any effort to control it. She alleged chief minister N Biren Singh of keeping himself busy at around 7 pm on May 3, by tweeting and making social media posts on the vice president of India’s visit to Manipur, when people were being killed and houses torched.

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Annie Raja slammed the chief minister for not taking any responsibility for the citizens.

Speaking to media, NFIW National secretary Nisha Sindhu said they are very disappointed with chief minister N Biren for not taking the situation under control. Stating that both the conflicting communities have suffered casualties, she questioned who would be responsible for the same?

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