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Rahul Gandhi: Police in Manipur stop Congress MP’s visit to unrest-hit India state.

The police abruptly halted Rahul Gandhi’s tour of the violent Manipur state, according to the Congress party, who is the leader of India’s opposition. Mr. Gandhi is in the north-eastern state on a two-day visit to meet with leaders of civil society organizations and those who have been displaced by the violence.

Conflicts between the Kuki and Meitei communities, which make up the majority in Manipur, have rocked the state for the previous two months. So far, more than 400 people have been injured and more than 100 individuals have died.

The Manipur crisis was discussed in a meeting with key government officials, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come under fire for not visiting or commenting on the state. Home Minister Amit Shah travelled to the state to implement a plan to bring about normality almost a month after the conflict started, but new violent incidents are still being recorded practically every day.

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Rahul Gandhi Comments on the Situation:

On Thursday morning, Mr. Gandhi made a Facebook post stating that “restoration of peace is the top priority” following his arrival in the capital city of Imphal. Only by working together can we bring harmony to Manipur, which needs healing.

However, KC Venugopal, a senior member of the Congress, quickly informed the media that Mr. Gandhi’s convoy had been halted by police near the Bishnupur area when he was en route to Churachandpur town to visit relief camps.

Jairam Ramesh, a Congressman, claimed that Mr. Gandhi’s two-day visit to the state was in keeping with the spirit of his Bharat Jodo Yatra, a five-month long unity march.

Rahul Gandhi’s efforts to listen to all segments of the Manipuri society and offer a healing touch shouldn’t be hindered, he argued, even if the Prime Minister chooses to say nothing or take no action. Due to the unrest in Manipur, about 60,000 people have been forced to flee and are now staying in about 350 camps. The opposition is calling for the resignation of the state’s BJP-affiliated chief minister, N Biren Singh, at the time of Mr. Gandhi’s visit.

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