Deciphering The Manipur Crisis
By Dr. Amrita Singh, Assistant Professor at KLE College of Law, University of Mumbai.*
An ethnic conflict erupted in Manipur on May 3, 2023, the north-eastern state of India amongst the Meitei, and Nagas and Kukis. More than 70 people were killed and hundreds were injured in the violence. It started in Churachandpur district, where the All Tribal Student Union Manipur (ATSUM) organised a "Tribal Solidarity March" to express opposition to the Meitei community's receiving reservations. To re-establish law and order, the Indian Army airlifted close to 10,000 soldiers and paramilitary forces. The state's internet services were shut down for a week, and Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code was used. The Indian soldiers were instructed to "shoot on sight" in order to impose the curfew in "extreme cases".
* The author is NET-JRF, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at KLE Society's KLE College of Law, Navi Mumbai which is affiliated to University of Mumbai.