Imphal: At least 15 people were injured when suspected Kuki militants armed with bombs and weapons attacked two villages in Manipur’s Imphal West district on Friday night. The police gave this information on Saturday. Officials said state police and Manipur Rifles personnel deployed in Phayeng and Kangchup Chingkhong villages retaliated, triggering a gunfight between the two sides that lasted for over four hours and the militants fled to nearby hills.
According to officials, the injured have been admitted to Imphal’s Regional Institute of Medical Sciences and Raj Medicity, where the condition of two injured is said to be critical. He told that in the last 24 hours, attacks have also been reported in Pombikhok of Bishnupur district. However, there is no information about any casualty in these attacks.
According to officials, a joint team of Manipur Police, Border Security Force (BSF) and Assam Rifles recovered seven bodies from Sugnu-Serau area of Kakching district. He said that these people were killed in an encounter that started after an attack by armed Kuki militants in Sugnu last week and their bodies have been sent to the JNIMS mortuary.
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At least over 98 people have lost their lives in caste violence that broke out in Manipur after the Meitei community organized a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ in the hill districts on May 3 to protest their demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status. And 310 others have been injured. According to a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office on Friday, a total of 37,450 people have been displaced due to the violence and they are currently living in 272 relief camps. About 10,000 personnel of the Army and the Assam Rifles have been deployed to restore peace in the state.
Tags: Manipur tribal, Manipur violence
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 03, 2023