Monday, January 30, 2023

Communal tension in Imphal locality over desecration of idol

Correspondent

Telepati area in Imphal was rocked by violence on Monday afternoon after residents of the area agitated against the alleged destruction of an idol of Sani Mandir at the locality.
On Tuesday, though no violence incidence was reported, the tension was palpable even as a large number of CRPF troops and state police were deployed.
After the alleged destruction of the idol, residents agitated by blocking Imphal-Ukhrul road and burning tyres and debris in protest against the destruction. The situation turned violence when the agitators blamed other communities residing in the neighbourhood.
In the clash that followed during the night, many vehicles on both sides were torched before the police resorted to firing tear gas shells and mock bombs. There were no reports of serious injuries on either side.
However, with tension running high, Imphal East district administration has promulgated prohibition under section 2 of section 144 of CrPC in the area.
The order prohibited assembly of five or more persons which is likely to turn unlawful and carrying of firearms, sticks, stones, weapons or objects of any description which can be used as offensive weapons.
This prohibitory order which came into effect from 10 pm, Monday will be effective for one month, the order issued by Imphal East district magistrate stated.
There was still tension between the two parties and there was a likelihood of an untoward incident which might endanger human lives and properties, the order stated. Meanwhile, chief minister N Biren Singh today assured booking of all culprits involved in the destruction of the idols as well as those who triggered the clash by posting hatred messages through the social media.
Singh also strongly condemned the incident during his visit to the site where the unsettling clash happened yesterday.
Talking to reporters at the site, Singh said that social media posts were the primary reason for clashes and religious divide.
Those spreading such hatred must be nipped in the bud and action must be taken immediately against those posting such messages, he said.
While strongly condemning the unlawful act, the chief minister also appealed to the people to use social media very responsibly.
Prompt action will be taken against those spreading enmity, he assured.

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