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 Unrest in Manipur: Four Killed, Chief Minister Urges Peace

 Unrest in Manipur

Four men lost their lives, and five others sustained critical bullet injuries in Thoubal district, Manipur, on Monday evening. Here’s the update to unrest in Manipur:

State Reacts: Tightened Curfew in Response

The tragic incident of unrest in Manipur led the state government to enforce a stricter curfew in Manipur, a region already grappling with ethnic violence that claimed nearly 200 lives last year.

Lilong Area Targeted: Eyewitness Accounts

In Lilong, approximately 12km from Imphal, a group of militants allegedly carried out a suspected extortion bid. Locals gathered to protest, resulting in gunfire that left eight people injured, four fatally.

Villagers Fight Back: Vehicles Burnt

Villagers, angered by the attack, set fire to the militants’ vehicles. The armed group, dressed in military clothes, attempted an extortion bid at a resident’s house, leading to a deadly confrontation.

Chief Minister’s Appeal for Peace

Chief Minister N Biren Singh condemned the violence and urged residents, especially those in Lilong, to maintain peace. Singh assured that the police are actively working to apprehend the attackers.

Unique Community: Meitei Pangals

The Lilong area is home to Meitei Pangals, a Muslim community not previously involved in the ethnic clashes between Meitei and Kuki groups. Despite being at the receiving end of violence, Meitei Pangals have played a neutral role in the ongoing conflicts.

Recent Escalation: Attacks on Police and Border Town

The incident follows a recent attack on Manipur police commandos and a subsequent exchange of fire near the border town of Moreh. Ethnic violence, which had experienced a one-month lull, resurfaced with a gunfight between Meitei and Kuki village volunteers two days prior.

Ongoing Ethnic Strife: Background

Since early May, Manipur has witnessed ethnic violence between the Meiteis, the largest community, and the tribal Kukis. Although the bulk of the violence occurred after May 3, clashes have persisted intermittently, with the most recent escalation on December 4 in Tengnoupal district.

Conclusion: A Call for Stability

The situation in Manipur remains tense, and the state government is closely monitoring developments. Chief Minister N Biren Singh’s appeal for peace underscores the urgent need for stability amid ongoing ethnic strife.

Stay tuned for further updates on unrest in Manipur.

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