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Political solution in Manipur only after both communities shun violence: Amit Shah

 ITLF leaders before meeting Amit Shah in New Delhi on Wednesday

Aizawl: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday told the Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum (ITLF) delegation that discussion on political solution, including demand for ‘separate administration’ can only be discussed only after cessation of violence between the two ethnic communities in Manipur, ITLF leaders said.

Shah assured the tribal delegation that additional central forces will soon be deployed to maintain buffer zone between the two communities to end violence in the strife-torn state of Manipur, according to the ITLF delegation members.

The tribal leaders said that they received positive response from the Union Home Minister on their 5-chartered demands.

Shah also assured them that dead bodies of the tribal community, now lying in the morgues in several hospitals of the Imphal valley, will be shifted to their respective districts once the bodies are identified.

They said that the Home Minister appealed to them to change the proposed place of mass burial of the mortal remains of the slain Kuki-Zo community members slated to be held on August 3 at S. Boljang in Torbung area of Lamka (Churachandpur), as the location is within the conflict area. 

The ITLF delegation leader Ginza Vualzawng responded to Shah’s appeal that they have to consult the people before making any decisions.

The tribal leaders agreed to meet the Union Home Minister, who appealed to them to hold talks in Delhi, after seeking advice of Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga and came to Aizawl on Sunday after taking an arduous road journey of 370 kilometres from Lamka.

They took 2 pm flight on Monday from the lone Lengpui airport near Aizawl to Delhi and first met Director of Intelligence Bureau Arvind Kumar and central government interlocutor AK Mishra on Tuesday while Shah was busy with no-confidence motion discussion in the Lok Sabha. 

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