"These days, the moment my phone rings, I am filled with a sense of dread and fear. I always think of the worst," Krishna Bandhopadhay, a resident of Kolkata, told The Quint.
Krishna's daughter Ahel has been pursuing her MD at the Regional Institute of Medial Sciences, Imphal. Last month, she was posted at Moreh – a town in Manipur located on the India-Myanmar border – as part of the MD programme (students pursuing MD or MS have to undergo posting at a district hospital for three months).
"On 4 May, Ahel called me and told me that she was asked to evacuate the hospital where she was working within 10 minutes. She could only manage to carry her laptop with her. She said she was being taken to an army camp in Moreh. They are just living in constant fear of being attacked in the camp. There is no word on when she will be evacuated."Krishna
Ahel is one among several people who have been caught in the aftermath of the violence in Manipur that erupted on 3 May at a tribal solidarity march taken out to protest against the inclusion of the majority Meiteis in the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category.
The Quint spoke to people from both the Meitei and the Kuki communities on the widening divide between the two groups – and what they make of the issues at the centre of it all.