Union Minister R K Ranjan’s home was torched in Manipur Violence as he appeals to the people to maintain peace. R K Ranjan happens to be the Union Minister of State for External Affairs and was in Kerala during the time his home was set on fire by the miscreants. The mob managed to reach the minister’s house at Kongba despite a curfew in Imphal. There were nine security escort personnel, five security guards and eight additional guards on duty at the minister’s residence at the time, officials said.
Union Minister’s Home Set on Fire
Amid a resurgence of violence in Manipur, the residence of Union Minister R K Ranjan at Kongba in Imphal was torched by a mob on Thursday night. The Union Minister was not at home at the time of the incident.“I am currently in Kerala for official work. Thankfully, nobody got injured last night at my Imphal home. The miscreants came with petrol bombs and damage has been done to the ground floor and first floor of my home,” Ranjan, Union Minister of State for External Affairs, told the news agency ANI.
Manipur has been witnessing violent clashes between two groups — Meiteis and Kukis — over the demand for inclusion in the Scheduled Tribes (ST) category since May 3, leaving more than 100 people dead.
A statement issued on Manipur violence
The Union Minister appealed to the people of Manipur to maintain peace. “It is very sad to see what is happening in my home state. I will still continue to appeal for peace. Those indulging in this kind of violence are absolutely inhuman,” he told ANI. However, no casualties were reported in the incident as the house happened to be abandoned.
As per the latest news the occupants had left after the ethnic violence started in the Northeastern State earlier last month. The incidents took place as the army and the Assam Rifles intensified their “area domination” operations in the aftermath of the recent spurt in violence in the strife-torn state. Army and Assam Rifles columns intensified patrolling, taking down barriers wherever they had been created.
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