Sunday, May 26, 2024

Manipur: Man killed in gun fight, 3 injured

One person was killed and three were injured in cross-firing, at the border area between Meitei-dominated Imphal West district and Kuki-Zo-dominated Kangpokpi, in the early hours of Sunday.

The gunfight started at around 2.30 am, with armed militants from Koutruk village in Imphal West clashing with their counterparts in the adjacent hills of the Kangpokpi district, The Indian Express reported.

It was alleged that ‘pumpi,’ locally produced mortar shells, were also used, terrifying the locals.

Since violence erupted in the state on May 3, Koutruk has been among the most severely hit regions in Manipur. There have been numerous reports of gunfire between village volunteers belonging to the two opposing communities.

A Kuki-Zo guy from L Molsang village in the Saitu-Gamphajol sub-division of Kangpokpi was killed in the gunfight on Sunday. His name was revealed as Lammang Kipgen, 44.

The Committee on Tribal Unity (COTU), Sadar Hills, denounced his murder and said that the Kangpokpi district would be shut down for 12 hours on Sunday, from midday to midnight.

His burial will take place in the martyrs’ cemetery in Phaijang, the tribal body said.

A day before, a bomb blast at the paramilitary force’s outpost claimed the lives of two CRPF soldiers and injured two more in the Bishnupur district.

Also four days ago, three explosions of moderate intensity destroyed a bridge on National Highway 2 in the Kangpokpi area, hindering traffic on this crucial route. No organisation has taken credit for the explosions.

Voting in the two Lok Sabha constituencies of Manipur took place in two phases, on April 19 and 26. Polling was also marred by violence including gunfire, booth rigging, destruction of EVMs and intimidation of election officials.


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