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.
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?