Fresh Violence in Manipur : Police fired tear gas shells on Thursday evening to disperse a mob which had gathered at Khwairanband Bazaar in the heart of Imphal where the body of a man killed on earlier in the morning in a gunfight in Kangpokpi district was brought and placed in a traditional coffin.
Demonstrators gathered, and a mob threatened to carry it in a procession to the chief minister’s residence, officials said.
Visuals from Imphal appeared on 29 June where a crowd gathered near the regional office of Bharatiya Janata Party, reported news agency ANI.
One person was killed and a few others were injured when “rioters” opened firing without any provocation at Haraothel village in Kangpokpi district of Manipur on Thursday morning, leading to tension in the area.
While the local army unit tweeted that “unconfirmed reports” indicated some casualties in the incident, official sources said one body had been recovered from the area and a few others could be seen lying on the ground. It was not immediately clear whether they were dead or injured as intermittent firing was still going on in the area, the official sources said. (PTI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who had to take a chopper to Churachandpur today afternoon to visit relief camps there after his convoy was stopped by the police in Bishnupur area, hit out at the BJP-led state government,
“I came to listen to all my brothers and sisters of Manipur. People of all communities are being very welcoming and loving. It’s very unfortunate that the government is stopping me. Manipur needs healing. Peace has to be our only priority,” tweets Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
The state and central governments are working to control the situation in Manipur. Such visits will have no positive result. This tour is just for media coverage. I believe one should not try to take political advantage of such a tragic situation in a state, says Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma
Clashes first broke out on May 3 after a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ was organised in the hill districts to protest against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.
More than 100 people have lost their lives in the ethnic violence between Meitei and Kuki communities in the northeastern state so far.