Manipur Violence: miscreants set fire to several houses, 250 people evacuated to Relief camp in Jiribam

Suspected Insurgents Attack Police Outposts, Burn Homes In Jiribam.

IMPHAL-  Where Miscreants set fire to several houses on Friday, the Assam Rifles  evacuated 250 members of the Meitei community living on the outskirts of Jiribam town, a day after ethnic tension flared up over the killing of a 59-year-old man, allegedly by Kuki insurgents.

According to official, Leishabithol, from where the Meitei families were evacuated, is near the hills where the Kuki tribes are dominant, while interior Jiribam has a large Meitei presence. Though no incident has been reported from the area today, the residents raised concern about their safety, which led to their

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Yet again tension has been flared up in the entire Jiribam town. The mutilated body of Soibam Saratkumar Singh, who is from the Meitei community was found on Thursday.

The mutilated body of Soibam Saratkumar Singh, who is from the Meitei community, was found on Friday in the district neighbouring Assam which has a diverse ethnic composition and had so far remained unaffected by the ethnic strife which has been raging in Manipur since May last year.

The local resident blamed the authorities and the police for not defusing tension that has been brewing since mid-May when the decomposed body of a 17-year-old teenager from the kuki tribe was found in a river in Jiribam.

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Suspected insurgents who came in three-four boats in a river in Manipur’s Jiribam district attacked many police outposts and set homes on fire, Media report said. Quoting the police sources media report said that ” the attack started at 12.30 am in Jiribam’s Chotobekra, on the banks of the Barak river”.

Jiribam is 220 km from the state capital Imphal and is on the border with Assam. National Highway-37 passes through this district. There are many Kuki villages in the hills surrounding the highway.


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