Around 150 people have died and thousands displaced since violence linked to the ethnic conflict erupted on May 3. Home commissioner T Ranjit Singh’s notification conveying the N Biren Singh government’s public appeal “in view of the prevailing law and order situation” coincided with a 12-hour bandh enforced by the United Naga Council in protest against the killing of a 55-year-old woman, Lucy Marem, in Imphal East district late Saturday. Police have arrested nine suspects so far.
In the state capital, hundreds of women, including family members of the nine people killed in Khamenlok on June 13, took to the streets and sought to submit a memorandum to CM Biren Singh seeking steps to end the cycle of violence raging for more than two months. Security personnel stopped the procession of women starting from Imphal’s Singjamei market along the way.