Addressing a press conference, Inspector General of Police (Operations) IK Muivah said that in Imphal, 4,786 houses were set on fire and 386 religious structures were destroyed or vandalised of which 254 are churches and 132 temples.
Of the weapons that have been “lost”, 1,359 firearms and 15,050 various types of ammunition were recovered, the IGP told the media.
There was an initial report which suggested that 4,000 different types of sophisticated arms and lakhs of different kinds of ammunition were looted from the police stations and outposts by the mobs as the violence broke out in Manipur on May 3. Later there were more instances of looting from the armoury.
Muivah said the police, central forces and the civil administration are trying round-the-clock to bring normalcy in the region.
“Security barricades from Phougakchao Ikhai in Bishnupur district to Kangvai in Churachandpur district have been removed while security has been provided on the national highways,” he stated.
Police said the latest action of the state force would go down well with the public which had wanted the security barricades removed and the internally displaced allowed to return to their places of origin.On September 8, a scuffle took place when the locals, mostly Meira Paibis (women groups), tried to remove the barricade set up by security forces. There was a scuffle between the locals and security forces after which the police fired tear gas shells. Several security personnel were injured. Several organisations have been demanding removal of barricades since then. Muivah said that since May 3, as many as 5,172 arson cases were reported.Addressing the media, Inspector General of Police (administration) K Jayanta said that of the 175 people who died, nine are still unidentified. He said, 79 of the bodies have been claimed while 96 remain unclaimed. Jayanta said that 28 bodies were kept at the Regional Institute of Medical Science, 26 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences and 42 at the Churachandpur district hospital.
He said that 9,332 cases have been registered in connection with the violence and breaching of law and order and 325 people were arrested from across the state. Inspector General of Police (Zone-3) Nishit Ujjwal said that Imphal-Dimapur National Highway (NH-2) and Imphal-Jiribam National Highway (NH-37) are functioning normally now. The ethnic violence broke out between the Meitei and Koki-Zo community on May 3, when a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ was organised in the hill districts to protest against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.