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Manipur violence: SC concerned deeply about loss of life, properties

New Delhi, May 8 (UNI): The Supreme Court on Monday said that the Manipur violence case is a” humanitarian issue” and it is “concerned deeply about the loss of lives and loss of properties”, while hearing a batch of petitions seeking appropriate directions to deal with the alleged violence in the trouble-torn northeastern state.

“This is a humanitarian issue. The government is taking action. Our immediate target is protection, rescue and rehabilitation of people. We are concerned deeply about loss of life and loss of properties,” the bench of the Supreme Court, headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dr Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chadrachud said, in the order.


“We emphasize that due arrangements must be made in the relief camps. and all necessary precautions must be taken for rehabilitation of displaced persons. Medical care should also be provided in relief camps,” the Supreme Court said, and fixed the matter for further hearing to May 17.

The Apex Court also said that these proceedings before the Supreme Court should not become a ground to further destabilise the state.

The Apex Court was hearing a batch of pleas relating to the recent incidents of violence in Manipur. One of the petitions sought directions to the Central and State governments to evacuate Manipuri Tribals who had fled to CRPF camps.

Another one filed by Manipur Tribal Forum sought SIT probe into the case.

The Apex Court asked the petitioners that “you may flag your concerns in appropriate manner so that this proceeding doesn’t become another ground for destabilisation”.

Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta, appearing for Union and state of Manipur, assured the Apex Court that all necessary steps are being taken & the court should take up the reservation issue only after the situation is brought under complete control.

“The curfew was relaxed yesterday and there was no incident and today also it was relaxed for a while and no untoward incident took place. let normalcy resume. 35 CAPF troops appointed. One senior member was repatriated to that place. No violence in the state in last 2 days. Normalcy is resuming there,” the SG Mehta assured the Supreme Court.

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