India’s northeastern state of Manipur has become hot again at the beginning of the new year. At least four people have been killed in firing by miscreants in the state. Several others were injured. The injured have been admitted to a local hospital.
Curfew has been imposed in five districts of Manipur due to this incident. Besides, Chief Minister Biren Singh held an emergency meeting of ministers. This information was reported by the Indian media NDTV in a report on Monday (January 1) night.
Four people were shot dead and several others injured in renewed violence in Manipur on the first day of the new year, reports said. Later curfew was imposed in five districts of the state.
Local residents of Thoubal district claimed that a group of men came there with automatic weapons for extortion. However, they have not yet been identified. However, after the attack, the angry locals set fire to the car of the gunmen.
A local resident said, ‘The group came here with guns and while talking to a man – whom they seem to know – a fight broke out. At one stage they started shooting at everyone.
Meanwhile, the state’s Chief Minister N Biren Singh condemned the violence in a video message and appealed to the people to maintain peace.
He said, ‘I express my immense sorrow over the killing of innocent people. We have mobilized police teams to catch criminals. I join hands and appeal to the residents of Lilong (where the incident took place) to help the government find the culprits. I promise – the government will do everything in its power to deliver justice under the law.”
Besides, Chief Minister N Biren Singh also held an emergency meeting with all ministers and ruling party MLAs after the incident of violence. Following the renewed violence, curfew has been reimposed in Thoubal, Imphal East and Imphal West, Kakching and Bishnupur districts, officials said, NDTV said.
Two days ago, four members of the security forces were injured in a gunfight between suspected insurgents and police commandos in Manipur’s border town of Moreh. The insurgents fired several RPGs which exploded inside the CDO outpost building in Turelwangma Leikai, Moreh. And that’s where the commandos were staying, officials said.
It should be noted that in May of last year, a terrible ethnic conflict started in Manipur. Since then this northeastern state of India has been in the headlines for most of the year.
More than 180 people were killed in the conflict and nearly 60,000 people were displaced.