Union Home Minister Amit Shah will chair a crucial meeting on Monday evening to review the maintenance of law and order in Manipur. It’s the first significant event attended by the central government after NSDA, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was re-elected in earlier this month.

The sources informed that the main participants of the meeting would be the Centre, other state governments, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, and representatives from the army, police, and other security forces; the meeting would take place at 4.00 pm.

The conflict between the Kuki and Meitei communities in Manipur began on May 3 last year and has claimed at least 225 lives and forced around 50,000 out of their homes, with most of the affected people still living in relief camps.

The recent weeks saw more violence in the northeastern state, with a school building set on fire near Moreh, and later, a headless body was found for one of the missing persons.

Twelve days before, some gunmen attacked the security detail of Manipur’s Chief Minister N Biren Singh in Kangpokpi district and shot a civilian driver and security personnel going unresponsive. Addressing the media on June 10, Bhagwat stated the need for peace in Manipur, which is now its electoral agenda, before criticizing the use of politics in elections, saying that such motivations are inadequate in facing the state.

The acting General Secretary of RSS, Dattatreya Hosabale, spoke to a news agency, saying that the recent violence taking place in Manipur is worrisome and upsetting. He pointed out that RSS also maintains that all problems must be solved through discussions and that brotherhood can be established in a peaceful environment.

Previous meetings of Amit Shah, such as his visit to Manipur last month and nine previous meetings for peace with the Meitei and Kuki groups, have attempted to achieve this goal but have so far failed at preventing the violence.

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