Death toll rises to 60 in Manipur violence CM appeals for peace

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Death toll rises to 60 in Manipur violence CM appeals for peace

Manipur: Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Monday appealed to the people of the state to bring peace and tranquility following the communal violence that left around 60 people dead, 231 injured and around 1,700 houses burnt.
The violence began on May 3 when tribals staged a protest against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status in ten hill districts of Manipur.
About 53 percent of Manipur’s population are Meiteis and live mostly in the Imphal Valley, while tribals – Nagas and Kukis – make up about 40 percent of the population and live mostly in the hill districts. About 23,000 people were displaced and at least 54 people were killed in the clashes.
In an effort to help people stranded in Manipur return home, several airlines are operating special flights from Imphal. Flybig, a regional carrier, has added three additional flights between Imphal and Guwahati, and is operating a flight from Guwahati to Imphal via Tezu six days a week. Despite the increase in demand, airfares on the route have not increased much.

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