On May 3, 2023, ethnic violence broke out in Manipur, a northeastern state in India, after a protest march organized by the Kuki tribal group led to clashes with the Meitei non-tribal group, causing widespread damage to properties and vehicles. As of May 9, at least 60 people have been killed, 231 injured, and 1,700 houses burnt down in the violence, which has displaced over 2,000 people from Manipur. Most of them have taken refuge in neighbouring Mizoram, with the number of internally displaced people from Manipur expected to rise to 23,000. The military has been deployed, and "shoot-at-sight" orders have been issued to quell the violence. The situation in Manipur remains tense, with a curfew imposed in nine out of the 16 districts and internet connectivity cut off. The unrest in Manipur state has opened a new fault line in a region with a checkered history of ethnic violence.
Some key points about the violence in Manipur:
The violence in Manipur has created a humanitarian crisis, with people forced to flee their homes and seek shelter elsewhere. The situation remains precarious, and there are concerns about the potential for the violence to escalate further. The Indian government and authorities must take swift and decisive action to ensure the safety and security of all those affected by the violence.