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Manipur: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma Meets Manipur CM Biren Singh

In the midst of the turmoil in Manipur, NEDA convener and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma met with Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh on June 10th.

Manipur: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma Meets Manipur CM Biren Singh

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  10 Jun 2023 8:22 AM GMT

IMPHAL: On June 10, Saturday, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma met Manipur CM Biren Singh in the midst of the unrest in Manipur, which has killed over 98 persons and injured lot of people.

Sarma, the convenor of the North East Democratic Coalition (NEDA), a coalition of 12 non-Congress parties from the area, is in Manipur for a one-day visit. He arrived in Imphal on June 10 and is set to meet with MLAs and civil society members from the state, in addition to CM Biren Singh. Sarma spoke with Biren Singh at his Imphal residence and would meet with MLAs from both the Meitei and Kuki groups during his tour as a peace-building move.

This is Assam Chief Minister Himanta Sarma's first visit to Manipur since ethnic violence erupted about a month ago, during which the state has been rocked by widespread incidents of arson, violence, and skirmishes between tribal communities, particularly the Meitei and Kuki tribes.

The visit follows Home Minister Amit Shah's four-day visit to Manipur from May 29 to June 1. He also promised a series of corrective actions to reduce violence and restore peace and normalcy, notably in Churachandpur, Kangpokpi, Bishnupur, Imphal East, and West districts.

Among other measures, Home Minister Shah announced a CBI probe into the state's violence, following which the central probe agency re-registered six FIRs and formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT). The SIT would be made up of ten officers.

The Supreme Court denied hearing an urgent petition challenging the suspension of internet services in the violence-torn state of Manipur since May 3, stating that the high court is already preoccupied with the case. "The matter has been referred to the Supreme Court." Why are you doing it again? Let it be heard by the normal bench," a vacation bench of justices Aniruddha Bose and Rajesh Bindal remarked. The internet ban was enforced on May 3 and is still in effect.

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