Imphal. Violence in Manipur is showing no sign of stopping. Every now and then some case of violence comes to light. The latest case of violence is from Kangpokli district, where two people were killed in firing between two rival groups on Monday. The firing incident took place between Harothel and Kobsha villages, but what triggered it remains unclear. The police do not have much information about it.
A tribal organization claimed that people of the Kuki-Jo community were attacked without any provocation and a bandh has been declared in the district. The region has seen several incidents of firing between villagers since ethnic violence broke out between the Meitai and Kuki communities in the northeastern state in early May.
deployment of additional forces
Condemning the unprovoked attack on people of the Kuki-Jo community, the Kangpokpi-based Committee on Tribal Unity (COTU) has declared an ’emergency bandh’ in the district.
Demand for separate administration for tribals is rising
COTU demanded in a meeting that the government should arrange for a separate administration for the tribals. It may be noted that more than 180 people were killed in the violence that broke out after the ‘Adivali Solidarity March’ organized on May 3 in the hill districts in protest against the demand of the Meitai community for granting ST status.