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Violence spreads again in Manipur, 13 people killed in firing

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Security forces present at the scene.

Once again news of violence has emerged from Manipur. Here, 13 people died during the violence in Tengnoupal district. The incident is being reported on Monday afternoon. According to a security official, security forces had received information about firing between two groups of terrorists in Leethu village near Saibol in Tengnoupal district. As soon as the security forces reached Leethu village, they found bodies of 13 people from the spot. However, no weapon was found near the dead bodies. The identity of the dead people has not been confirmed yet. The security forces official said that the deceased did not appear to be from Leethu area and may have come from some other place after which they got involved in a shootout with a different group and lost their lives. However, police force is also present at the spot.

Hundreds of people were killed in the earlier violence

Let us tell you that since May 3, violence has been raging in Manipur due to caste clashes between Meitei and Kuki communities. At least 182 people were killed and about 50,000 left homeless in these clashes. On Sunday itself, authorities had lifted the ban on mobile internet services in the violence-hit state after seven months, except in the border areas of some districts. Most of the violence, shootings, arson and kidnappings have occurred in the past seven months. The suspension was lifted four days after the Center and Manipur government signed a peace accord with the state’s oldest militant outfit United National Liberation Force (UNLF) in New Delhi.

past incidents of violence

Last month, two people were killed in a similar firing between Harothel and Kobsha villages in Kangpokpi district. Similarly, in September, six people, including a popular tribal lyricist-composer, were killed while 14 others were injured at the state’s volatile Bishnupur-Churachandpur border. Where violence has increased due to the divide between the valley and hill districts. LS Mangaboi Lungdim, 42, who is credited with writing the tribal song “I Gam Hilau Ham (Is this not our land?)”, was killed in the crossfire between Meitei and Kuki groups.

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