The Manipur government has appointed Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence) Ashutosh Sinha as the DGP of Manipur following the violent clashes in the state for over a week.
The violence that started between two tribes- Naga and Kuki who protested against the recent announcement of giving scheduled tribe status to Meitis, have taken an ugly turn in Manipur killing 60 people, over 1000 hours torched and public property damaged.
Manipur CM N Biren Singh first appointed retired Director General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRFP )Kuldiep Singh as the security advisor to control the mayhem. Hours after Singh's appointment, the government then made ADGP Ashutosh Sinha as the operation al commander to directly work on countering the violence.
ADDP Sinha was then appointed as the chief of the Manipur Police relieving former DGP Manipur P Doungel from all his duties.
As the violence in Manipur worsened, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held two video conference meetings and spoke with the chief ministers of Manipur and neighbouring states . Shah also stated that the Centre will offer all available assistance to preserve peace, including more security troops if necessary.
The order passed said, “In view of the prevailing law and order situation following the unwanted incidents that occurred after the organisation of the Tribal Solidarity March 2023 held on May 3, the Governor of Manipur is pleased to designate Ashutosh Sinha, IPS, ADGP (Intelligence), Manipur, as the overall Operational Commander to control and bring normalcy in the State. He will work under the guidance and supervision of Kuldip Singh, Advisor (Security), the government of Manipur. The district magistrates concerned will detail the required Executive/Special Magistrates as and when required and requisitioned".
The state governments have brought the students and other citizens back to the respective states from the affected zones in Manipur. The security forces are also aiding the evacuations process in Manipur and so far more than 1200 people have been evacuated.
The government has imposed curfew which has been relaxed in 11 districts on Manipur. The CAPF and military units alongwith the Manipur Police are working round the clock to control the situation in Manipur.