Kopar Khairane
Interenational

Violence in Manipur: Three people have died in new shootings

<p>One additional person died from injuries received at a hospital on Friday, bringing the total number of fatalities from the gunfire exchange between security personnel and alleged rioters in Manipur’s Kangpokpi district to three, according to authorities.</p>
<p>They said that five persons had been hurt during the firefight.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-48197″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/www.theindiaprint.com-violence-in-manipur-three-people-have-died-in-new-shootings-manipur-violence-2-11zon-1-750×443.png” alt=”” width=”1351″ height=”798″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/www.theindiaprint.com-violence-in-manipur-three-people-have-died-in-new-shootings-manipur-violence-2-11zon-1-750×443.png 750w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/www.theindiaprint.com-violence-in-manipur-three-people-have-died-in-new-shootings-manipur-violence-2-11zon-1-768×453.png 768w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/www.theindiaprint.com-violence-in-manipur-three-people-have-died-in-new-shootings-manipur-violence-2-11zon-1-150×89.png 150w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/www.theindiaprint.com-violence-in-manipur-three-people-have-died-in-new-shootings-manipur-violence-2-11zon-1.png 937w” sizes=”(max-width: 1351px) 100vw, 1351px” /></p>
<p>On Thursday, armed rioters fired shots into Haraothel village without provocation. The Army said that members of the security forces “responded in a calibrated manner” to deal with the situation.</p>
<p>As police and the RAF were used to manage the gathering, the mob dispersed by 10 o’clock, according to the authorities.</p>
<p>Two of the rioters’ community members gathered their remains on Thursday and carried them in a procession to the home of the chief minister, N Biren Singh, they said.</p>
<p>According to the authorities, the protestors, who were mostly women, even challenged the police to arrest them. They were also spotted burning tyres in the middle of the road to obstruct police movement.</p>
<p>The procession got violent when security guards prevented them from proceeding to Singh’s home, forcing police to deploy lathicharge and tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.</p>
<p>After sporadic automatic gunfire from several locations was reported towards Haraothel village on Thursday, Assam Rifles columns were sent to National Sports University and K Munlai village.</p>
<p>Unknown shooters opened fire without warning in the early hours of Thursday and once again in the evening, according to an official.</p>
<p>Armed rioters started fire without provocation around 5.30 am, according to the official Twitter account of the Army operating in the area, which provided information of the morning shooting.</p>
<p>“Own forces stationed in the vicinity were promptly mobilised to stop the situation from becoming worse. Own columns came under heavy fire from armed protesters while travelling to the location, according to the Army’s official “Spear Corps” account.</p>
<p>According to the report, the soldiers “responded with precision to minimise collateral damage.” The forces took swift action, which stopped the fire.</p>
<p>The Spear Corps later in the day tweeted: “Around 4 PM, soldiers stationed in the region heard shooting from east of hamlet K Munlai. Additionally, a reported exchange of fire was heard about 5.15 PM coming from the area of Bethel, a settlement south of National Sports University. To defuse the issue, one person is controlling the area with their own columns.</p>
<p>The region is around 20 km from Imphal, the state capital.</p>
<p>On Thursday, Churachandpur also conducted a candlelight march to ask for peace in Manipur.</p>
<p>The ethnic conflict between the Meitei and Kuki groups in the northeastern state has already claimed more than 100 lives.</p>
<p>The majority of Meiteis, who make up around 53% of Manipur’s population, reside in the Imphal Valley. Another 40% of the population is made up of the Naga and Kuki tribes, who live in the hill areas.</p>

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