Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Saturday that a Christian hunt is happening in Manipur under the guise of a riot.
“What is happening under the guise of a riot is a Christian hunt. Churches of Christian tribal groups have been attacked and destroyed in a concerted manner,” Vijayan said in a statement in Malayalam.
“The secular, democratic society in the country should realise the Sangh Parivar agenda which has converted Manipur into a riot zone by sowing hatred” for political benefit,” CM added.
“Visuals of the early days of violence have come out now… Women belonging to the Kuki community have been hunted by violent mobs in the most despicable and cruel manner,” Vijayan said.
Vijayan went on to say: “The people who are duty-bound to restore peace are trying to fuel the violence. The criminal silence of the Union government and the agenda of the Sangh Parivar are now under attack. It is the responsibility of all those who believe in democracy that attempts against communal polarisation should be defeated.”
His statement comes days after a viral video from Manipur showing dozens of Meitei men parading and assaulting two Kuki women who have been stripped naked, has triggered outrage in the country. At least 130 people – most of them Kuki-Zo – have been killed and more than 50,000 displaced since clashes between the Kukis Meiteis broke out over a proposal to extend reservation in government jobs and education to the Meiteis.