Clash again in Manipur, 4 people including police commando died

Jackson Brown

Manipur violence: Four people, including a Manipur police commando and a juvenile, were killed in a clash between two communities in Manipur’s Kangwai area of ​​Bishnupur district on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

Officials said the firing took place during the night despite a ‘buffer zone’ created by security forces to prevent the situation from escalating in the area where people from both the communities live.

Attempt to burn villages: Officials said that on Friday night the mob came down from the hill and tried to burn down some villages in the valley. He said that the mob had gathered from outside the area and did not retreat despite requests from the locals to go back. The security forces responded in an orderly manner and prevented the miscreants from setting houses on fire.

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Some people from both sides, however, fired at each other from the standoff areas of Kangwai, Songdo and Awang Lekhai villages, resulting in the death of three people from both sides and injuries to several people on both sides.

Though the firing stopped in the early hours of Friday, the mob continued to block the movement of security forces towards the valley to strengthen the presence in the area, he said. He said that senior officers are working round the clock to restore peace in the area by involving both the communities.

Death of police commando: The resentment, however, continued to escalate and intermittent firing continued during the day, officials said. A police commando was killed in an encounter with suspected terrorists at Moirang Turel Measurement late Friday evening. The police commando has been identified as Pukhrambam Ranbir. During the exchange of fire, the commando was injured due to a bullet injury in his head.

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Officials said he was first taken to the district hospital, from where he was referred to a hospital in Imphal, but died on the way.

Three others, including a teenage boy, lost their lives in the early hours in villages near the border of Bishnupur and Churachandpur districts. According to officials, a teenager, who was trying to escape the indiscriminate firing in Phobakchao area, was hit by the bullet.

Enraged by the incident, people, mostly women, took to the streets in Moirang. Officials said the first incident of exchange of fire between the two armed groups took place late Thursday around 1.30 am at Awang Leikeyi and Kangwa in Churachandpur district near Phobakchao. Additional troops have already been deployed through alternate routes to deal with the tense situation in the region.

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Caste violence had broken out in the state on May 3 after a ‘tribal solidarity rally’ was taken out in the hill districts to protest against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status. About 40,000 personnel have been deployed along with the Manipur Police to control the violence and restore normalcy in the state. (Language)

Edited by: Vrijendra Singh Jhala

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