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Over 5800 violence affected people from Manipur taking shelter in Mizoram

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Guwahati, May 15: Since the ethnic violence that rocked Manipur on May 3, a total of 5,822 people from the violent-hit state have fled to Mizoram and taken shelter in the state.

“The internally displaced people belonging to the Chin-Kuki-Mizo community are lodged at temporary relief camps across six districts of Mizoram, which many were also given shelter by their relatives,” an official said.

Aizawl district currently has the highest number of displaced people at 2021, followed by Kolasib district (1,847) and Saitual district (1,790).

Citing that the tribal people can no longer exist under the Manipur government, 10 Kuki MLAs, including 7 from BJP, on Friday had urged the Centre to create separate administration for the tribal people in the wake of the ethnic violence.

Violent clashes broke out in Manipur after a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ was organised in the 10 hill districts on May 3 to protest against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.

The clashes were preceded by tension over the eviction of Kuki villagers from reserve forest land, which had led to a series of smaller agitations.

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