Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said the government is committed to restoring peace in Manipur at the earliest and ensuring the return of the displaced people to their homes. Shah was speaking after visiting camps of Kuki and Meitei communities in Manipur on the third day of his visit to the ethnic violence-hit state. "Visited a relief camp in Kangpokpi and met members of the Kuki community there.

The home minister also said that he had called a meeting with civic entities at Kangpokpi in Manipur and "they are willing to actively participate with the government in restoring harmony among communities in Manipur". Earlier, he held a review meeting at Moreh border town in Tengnopal district, which has been witnessing sporadic violence for nearly a month, to take stock of the security situation in the northeastern state. Shah also met a delegation of the Kuki community and a team representing other communities and expressed full support for the government's initiative to restore normalcy.

"Held a meeting with a delegation of Kuki and other communities in Moreh," Shah said in another tweet. People from the incoming Meiti community have taken shelter.

"Our resolve is focused on bringing Manipur back to the path of peace and harmony once again at the earliest," Shah said Instructed to recover the looted weapons.

The Home Minister is on a four-day visit to the state for the first time since the violence broke out in the state on May 80. Officials said <> people have lost their lives in the clashes so far. Ethnic violence erupted in Manipur for the first time after the 'Tribal Unity March'. The 'Tribal Unity March' was organised after the Maitei community staged a protest on May <> demanding Scheduled Caste (ST) status. Tensions over the eviction of Kuki villagers from reserved forest land had led to violence in the past, leading to several small agitations.

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