In Manipur, the situation has escalated into violence, vandalism, and arson amid widespread protests demanding the inclusion of Meitei/Meetei in the Scheduled Tribe category. The Indian Army has brought the situation under control in some areas, but clashes between tribals and the Meitei community have resulted in the displacement of over 9,000 people from their villages. To address the escalating unrest, the Governor issued a “shoot at sight” order when other measures failed to control the situation.
Tragically, an Income Tax department officer, Sh. Letminthang Haokip, was brutally killed during the ongoing violence. He was dragged out of his official residence in Imphal by Meitei miscreants and beaten to death. The Indian Revenue Service Association has vehemently condemned this act of violence, stating that no cause or ideology can justify the killing of an innocent public servant on duty.
As the situation remains tense, the army and Assam Rifles conducted flag marches in various areas to restore order and maintain peace. The unrest has put the state in a precarious position, with authorities working tirelessly to restore normalcy and protect the safety of the people.