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Updated December 20th, 2023 at 13:36 IST

CBI Chief arrives in Imphal to probe causes of Manipur violence, which claimed over 175 lives

CBI Director to probe Manipur's ethnic violence that caused over 175 casualties, taking charge of 27 cases from state police

Reported by: Digital Desk
CBI Chief Praveen Sood arrived in Imphal to probe the cases that lead to Manipur's ethic clashes.
CBI Chief Praveen Sood arrived in Imphal to probe the cases that lead to Manipur's ethic clashes. | Image:PTI
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Manipur violence: CBI Director Praveen Sood arrived in Imphal on Monday to oversee investigations into the Manipur ethnic violence, which has claimed over 175 lives and resulted in numerous displacements since the onset of the ethnic clashes in Manipur, according to media reports. Taking charge of 27 cases previously handled by the state police, the CBI Chief’s visit aims to understand the causes, deep-rooted issues, and complexities that led to the clashes in May.

Becoming the first CBI chief to extensively tour the agency's various units since assuming office in May, state Director General of Police Rajiv Singh met Sood upon his arrival in Imphal from Guwahati around 5 PM on Monday. Officials disclosed to the news agency PTI that Sood engaged in discussions with Singh regarding the prevailing conditions in the state.

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The turmoil erupted on May 3 following a "Tribal Solidarity March" organised in Manipur's hill districts, initiated in opposition to the Meitei community's pursuit of Scheduled Tribe (ST) status. Meiteis, constituting the majority at 53% of the state's population and predominantly residing in the Imphal valley, clashed with the tribal communities—Nagas and Kukis—making up slightly over 40% and residing in the hill districts.

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Published December 19th, 2023 at 09:34 IST

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