A three-member delegation of the CPI(M), led by party general secretary Sitaram Yechury, visits the ethnic strife-torn Manipur for two days from Friday.
Besides Yechury, the delegation also have the party’s Central Committee member and CPIM Tripura State Secretary Jitendra Chaudhury, and Deblina Hembram.
Returning to Imphal, the members of the visiting party met the Governor of Manipur. Leaders including Sitaram Yechury visited the three shelter camps and told the Governor in detail about their experiences and the ‘dire plight’ of the people.
Jitendra Chowdhury, a member of the visiting team, said that Governor Anusuiya Uikey has indirectly acknowledged the extremely uncomfortable situation in Manipur. Expressed concern.
When Jitendra Choudhury was asked about Friday’s visit, he said that there is a lot of mismanagement in the shelter camps. Extreme shortage of drinking water. Relief materials from the government are inadequate and irregular. The people living in the camps are surviving with the financial support of various NGOs and common people. Government aid is too little.
Citing the statements of the people in the shelter camps, Choudhury said that they are saying that there is no possibility of returning home. The atmosphere of unrest created by the clash between the two communities is unimaginable. Manipur does not seem to have any government. Entire Manipur is suffering. The victims sheltered in the camp with deep thought and anxiety about how to find a solution.
Jitendra Choudhury said that on Saturday they will go to some more shelter camps and talk to the affected people. Also discuss with various social organizations.
It should be noted that there are about 60 thousand people in more than 350 shelter camps.
Even after three months, the situation has not improved at all in Manipur. Although the National Highway-2 has been opened, it seems that it will be closed again due to fresh clashes . Goods from outside the state can enter the Imphal valley but cannot enter the hilly areas. Vehicle movement is also almost stopped.
As a result, trucks loaded with food are unable to reach the affected areas or shelter camps. Many trucks are going to Churachandpur on a circuitous route of about 400 km.
Notably the ethnic clashes broke out in the northeastern state on May 3, after a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ was organised in the hill districts to protest against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.
Already 181 people killed in the violence till now where torture on women become a national issue.