Deteriorating Situation in Manipur: Curfew Imposed as Punjabis Forced to Flee

Rozana Spokesman

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Escalating Unrest in Manipur Sparks Concern as Punjabi Community Seeks Safety


MANIPUR: The Situation in Manipur has been steadily worsening over the past 45 days, leading to the imposition of a curfew in the region. Disturbed by the escalating unrest, Punjabi residents of Manipur have been compelled to seek refuge in Guwahati. While Punjabis have established successful businesses in Manipur, the deteriorating environment has prompted them to relocate to safer areas.

Amardeep Singh, owner of a Tata Transport showroom in Imphal, the capital city of Manipur, revealed the challenges faced by the community. While inter-tribal conflicts have been a recurring issue in the region, this time the clashes have intensified due to misunderstandings between different communities. The resulting riots have not only witnessed incidents of arson but also tragic instances of violence between groups. Though Punjabis are not directly involved in these conflicts, they have chosen to leave Manipur as a precautionary measure, seeking solace in more secure locations.

Many Punjabis have sought refuge with their families in Guwahati, while others have been forced to rely on the assistance of acquaintances. Initially, they had hoped that the riots would subside within a few days, but to their dismay, the situation continues to deteriorate with each passing day. Today marks the 45th day of unrest, and yet there seems to be no respite from the escalating violence.

The exodus of Punjabi residents has dealt a blow to the local economy, as they have played a significant role in various business ventures throughout Manipur. Amardeep Singh's Tata Transport showroom, for instance, reflects the substantial investments made by Punjabis in the region. However, the prevailing atmosphere of uncertainty has compelled them to prioritize their safety and well-being over their economic interests.

The authorities have responded to the deteriorating situation by imposing a curfew in Manipur, aiming to restore calm and protect the lives and property of residents. It is a critical step towards containing the violence and ensuring the safety of the affected communities.

The prolonged unrest in Manipur serves as a somber reminder of the challenges faced by diverse communities residing within the region. The government and relevant stakeholders must work together to address the root causes of the conflicts, promote dialogue, and foster a harmonious environment that respects the cultural diversity of Manipur.