Manipur officials to study exodus situation

The Manipur government will send senior officials to Karnataka and Maharashtra to look into the exodus of northeast people from these states in the wake of the recent Assam violence.

The decision was taken during a cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh late last night, an official spokesman said today, adding the government took "seriously" the reported attack on Manipuris in Karnataka and Maharashtra.

The official spokesman said the state government was in touch with the offices of the Prime Minister and union Home Minister and also with the governments of Karnataka and Maharashtra to take whatever steps possible to protect the people from the north eastern states including, the "sensitive" state of Manipur.

He said as per the cabinet decision, senior Deputy Inspector General of Police (range one) Clay Khongsai would go to Bengaluru and Mysore in Karnataka.

Additional Home Secretary M.Yaiskul and the Additional Director of Education (School) Ranjan Yumnam would visit Guwahati while Superintendent of Police (Chandel district) Elangbam Priyokumar would go to Pune to study the situation.

The Manipur officials in consultation with their counterparts in these states would work for protection of Manipuris residing there and would advise them according to the situation prevailing there.

The spokesman said the cabinet meeting also discussed the plight of Manipuri students and workers who were returning en masee from the southern states.

Meanwhile, media reports said three persons had been arrested by Karnataka Police for allegedly beating Manipuris in that state.

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