Violence in Manipur. (file photo)
Violence has started again in Manipur, the situation is not returning to normal here. In a fresh incident of violence on Monday, two persons, including a policeman of the 6th IRB, Henminlen Vaifei, lost their lives during a shootout between two rival groups in Kangpokpi district. According to the police, the firing took place at a place between Harothel and Kobsha villages, although it is not yet clear what was the reason for the firing.
A tribal organization claimed that people of Kuki-Jo community were attacked without provocation. Besides, a bandh has also been declared in the district.
On 20.11.2023, at Khonsakhul-L. Munlai Junction, Kangpokpi, two individuals, including one police personnel of 6th IRB namely Henminlen Vaiphei, lost their lives in an ambush by unidentified armed assailants while traveling in a Maruti Gypsy. Security forces immediately launched
— Manipur Police (@manipur_police) November 20, 2023
Ethnic conflict between Meitei and Kuki communities
Let us tell you, since the ethnic conflict between Meitei and Kuki communities started in the north-eastern state in early May, several incidents of firing between villagers have been reported in the region. According to a police officer, additional force has been deployed in the area and a search is underway to arrest those involved in the incident.
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Tribal community announced bandh
Condemning the attack on the people of Kuki-Jo community, the Committee on Tribal Unity (COTU) of Kangpokpi has announced an emergency bandh in Kangpokpi district. Besides, COTU also demanded in a meeting that the government should make arrangements for a separate administration for the tribals.
Violence broke out after tribal solidarity march
In fact, violence broke out after the tribal solidarity march organized on May 3 in the hill districts in protest against the demand of the Meitei community for granting Scheduled Tribe (ST) status. Due to this, more than 180 people have died so far.
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Meitei and Kuki population
Meitei people constitute about 53 percent of the population of Manipur. Their population is mostly found in Imphal Valley. Whereas tribals, which include Naga and Kuki, constitute about 40 percent of the population and they mainly live in the hill districts.