Manipur: Violence on first day of year, four reported dead

The incident has reportedly taken place in Lilong Chingjao where armed miscreants opened fire at people which left four persons dead and fourteen other injured, of whom many are stated to be critical.

Guwahati | Updated: 01 January, 2024 11:41 pm IST
Manipur sees fresh violence, curfew re-imposed after 4 civilians shot dead

GUWAHATI: Violence has rocked Manipur on the first day of the year. An incident of firing has reportedly left four persons dead and as many as fourteen others injured.

The incident has reportedly taken place in Lilong Chingjao where armed miscreants opened fire at people which left four persons dead and fourteen other injured, of whom many are stated to be critical.

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Commotion reportedly followed the incident and two of the vehicles used by the perpetrators have been burnt by an angry mob.

Meanwhile, the Manipur government on Monday re-imposed curfew in the Thoubal and Imphal West districts after fresh violence erupted in the northeastern state. “Due to the developing of law-and-order condition in the district and to prevent any untoward incidents and also loss of life and property and further as a precautionary measure, the curfew relaxation order dated 31’st December 2023 stands cancelled and a full curfew is imposed in all areas of Imphal West District with immediate effect,” said an order released by the District Magistrate of Imphal West’s office.

Additional forces have also been reportedly moved to sensitive places where trouble may occur.

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Later, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, in a video message, requested the residents of Lilong to not “cause any more violence” and maintain peace and tranquillity in the area. He also assured that the perpetrators would be apprehended soon. In a video message, the Manipur CM stated, “I express my immense sadness over the killing of innocent people. We have mobilised police teams to catch the culprits. I fold my hands and appeal to the residents of Lilong (where the incident happened) to help the government in finding the culprits. I promise that the government will do everything in its power to give justice under the law.”

The ethnic clashes claimed over 160 lives and some 10,000 army and para-military personnel had to be deployed to bring back normalcy in the northeastern state after Manipur has been under the grip of ethnic violence since May 3, 2023.

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