The situation in Manipur is continuously getting worse. The situation in the state has further worsened after the video of two women being paraded naked came to the fore. On Monday, the house of Union Minister RK Ranjan Singh was set on fire.
A crowd of rallying women pelted stones at the minister’s residence. The protesters were demanding the minister to make a statement in Parliament on the situation in the caste violence-hit state.
This is the second attack on Union Minister of State for External Affairs Singh’s residence in two months. Earlier, on the night of June 15, a mob attacked the minister’s residence and tried to set it on fire. When the minister’s residence was attacked, no one was present there and the house did not suffer much damage.
A protester said, “We demand that the minister should speak in Parliament about the state’s situation.” We want internet services to be restored. We want to tell people what is happening to us.
After a video surfaced of an incident in Kangpokpi district on May 4, continuous protests are taking place in the state. Students of Manipur University took out a rally on Monday demanding restoration of peace in the state.
Police fired tear gas shells to disperse them as the youths were passing through an area in which they were not allowed to hold the rally. Due to which there was a heated debate between the officials and the students. The students protested the police action, saying they were unarmed and wanted to hold a peaceful rally.
More than 160 people have died in the caste violence that broke out in the state on May 3 after a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ was organized in the hill districts to protest against the demand of the majority Meitei community for granting them Scheduled Tribe status.