Manipur violence: Several dead as ethnic clashes grip northeastern state.

At least 30 people were killed in ethnic clashes in Manipur since May 3, the first official death toll given out Saturday by the new security adviser to the state government. However, unconfirmed reports suggest the death toll may be over 100. Normality returned somewhat as Army and Assam Rifles carried out flag marches on Saturday, but fears of renewed crisis lingered. The security forces have increased vigil and surveillance at the international borders. Forces are using UAVs and helicopters to keep an eye on the intrusion. Defence forces said that the valley-based insurgent groups staying in camps across Indo-Myanmar Border may be detrimental to ongoing efforts to restore normalcy in Manipur. The peaceful protests by tribal groups against the Meiteis’ demand for Scheduled Tribe status turned violent on May 3 due to involvement of armed Kuki militants. The fear now is that Meitei insurgents may retaliate. This could be catastrophic for Manipur, which has already suffered loss of life and displacement due to the recent violence, according to sources.Over 13,000 people were evacuated by Army and Assam Rifles during the past two days, while many from the interstate border areas fled to Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Assam. Relevantly, a group of people from Manipur on Friday staged a demonstration at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar against the ongoing violence in the state over the Meitei community Scheduled Tribe status issue. 

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