Fresh violence erupts in Manipur, one dead and two injured
- In Reports
- 11:29 AM, May 25, 2023
- Myind Staff
Fresh violence was reported from Manipur on Wednesday, in which a 29-year-old man was shot dead and at least two were severely injured in a different incident.
The incident happened late Tuesday night in the Meitei-dominated Bishnupur district bordering the hill district of Churachandpur, which is the domain of the Kuki-Zomi tribal group.
According to media sources, armed teenagers attacked a few villages in the Bishnupur area and shot Toijam Chandramani, a 29-year-old man, dead. The victim was said to be in a critical state and was transferred to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
In a separate incident, the police said that two people were fired at and hurt in the foothills of Thamnapokpi. Kuldeep Singh, the state's top security official, said at a press conference that the fighting began late on Tuesday in the Tronglaobi area after incidents of arson by alleged militants.
“Around 9:30 am (local time), two persons received bullet injuries at Thamnapokpi foothills which was due to firing from the side of the hill,” said Singh. Another person who was injured was later identified as a 25-year-old, L Manoj who went by an alias Abungnao.
According to the police, three houses were burnt on Tuesday night and in retaliation, people from the community burnt down four houses. Singh said that while the situation as of now is tense it is “under control”.
In light of recent violence, the previously relaxed curfews in both Imphal West and Imphal East districts have been canceled. The curfew was previously relaxed for the day from 5:00 am to 4:00 pm (local time) excluding a few areas in the Imphal East district was stopped while the curfew was re-imposed in Bishnupur district.
Assam Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), and the state police sent a joint team to the area, where they found weapons and ammunition, including firearms, hand grenades, and other items.
Since 3 May, 11 of 16 districts in Manipur have faced ethnic violence, resulting in an indefinite curfew and internet service suspension with daily sporadic incidents of violence.
Military forces are present in 23 high-risk police station areas across 11 districts in Assam, including the Army, Assam Rifles, and Territorial Army.
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