Protests against the killing of two Meitei students who went missing in July erupted in Imphal on Friday evening. Protesters allegedly tried to attack the residence of BJP MLA L Susindro, but security forces dispersed them.
The two students were killed in Manipur Valley, and their photos surfaced online on Tuesday. One photo shows their dead bodies, while the other shows them sitting in fear with two armed men in the background.
In response to the protests, mobile internet services in Manipur were suspended for five days. The curbs will remain in place until October 1st. A CBI team led by Special Director Ajay Bhatnagar has also arrived in Imphal to investigate the alleged kidnapping and killing of the two students.
The hill areas of Manipur have been placed under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) for six months, with the exception of 19 police stations in the Imphal Valley and an area that borders Assam.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh has vowed to catch the culprits and bring them to justice. He has also said that the situation in Manipur will soon be brought under control.
Manipur has been witnessing violence since May 3rd, following protests by the Kuki and Meitei communities against a High Court order asking the state government to consider the inclusion of the Meitei community in the category of Scheduled Tribes (ST). Over 170 people have been killed in the ethnic clashes.
The situation in Manipur is tense, but the government is committed to bringing the culprits to justice and restoring peace and order.