Manipur Violence : Three dead in fresh violence in Bishnupur

Meanwhile, several houses of people belonging to the Kuki community were also set on fire, Kalinga TV reported.

Manipur violence:     In a fresh incident of violence in Manipur, three people were killed by unidentified men in Bishnupur district early on Saturday morning.  The incident happened at around 2am at Ukha Tampak locality in Bishnupur district.

As reported by Kalinga TV and India Today, The incident occurred in the Bishnupur village, the report stated, adding that the deceased are said to be from the Meitei community residing in the Kwakta area.

Meanwhile, several houses of people belonging to the Kuki community were also set on fire, Kalinga TV reported.

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Police sources have told the news outlet that a group of people crossed the buffer zone and opened fire in the Meitei areas.

The buffer zone is located over 2 km ahead of the Kwakta area in Bishnupur district and is safeguarded by the central forces, the report added.

According to Bishnupur Police, as per Kalinga TV, three members of the Meitei community lost their lives, while a number of houses belonging to the Kuki community were set ablaze. As per an India Today report, police deployment has been increased in the area in the wake of the fresh outbreak.

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Meanwhile, the Manipur cabinet on Friday recommended Governor Anusuiya Uikey to convene a session of the assembly from August 21. The previous assembly session was held in March, and violence broke out in the state in May.

“The State Cabinet has recommended to the  Governor of Manipur for summoning the 4th session of the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly on the 21st August, 2023,” an official statement said.

Among others, the Congress had urged Governor Uikey to convene an emergency session of the assembly to discuss the “ongoing unprecedented turmoil” in the state.

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“The assembly is the most appropriate forum to discuss the situation and get suggestions on how to restore peace in the state rocked by ethnic strife since early May,” the state’s five Congress MLAs said in a letter to the governor last month.

Meanwhile, several MLAs of the Kuki community have called for a separate administration for their areas. BJP MLA P Haokip had in an interview to PTI last week said, “The way forward, as I see it, is for the Union government to give political and administrative recognition to the ethnic separation, where the state of Manipur is reorganised as three Union territories.”

The ethnic violence which broke out in May has sporadically continued to plague Manipur for the last three months and has claimed more than 160 lives.


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