Three tribals killed in fresh violence in Manipur’s Kangpokpi district

A building enguls in a fire while armed forces and locals can be seen moving near the incident spot in Manipur. [Photo: Twitter/ Ashok Swain]

Imphal: In a fresh violence, three tribals were fatally shot by unidentified assailants in Manipur’s Kangpokpi district on Tuesday morning.

The ambush occurred in the tribal-dominated Kanggui area, specifically between Ireng and Karam Vaiphei villages, PTI reported,

The rpeort said the attack took place in the morning, with unknown individuals targeting and killing three civilians in the region between Ireng and Karam Vaiphei. The incident has sparked condemnation from the Committee on Tribal Unity (COTU), a civil society organization based in Kangpokpi.

COTU issued a statement urging the government of India to take immediate action in response to the ongoing violence and unrest in the region. They called for the declaration of all valley districts as “disturbed areas” and the imposition of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958.

This incident follows closely on the heels of another outbreak of violence in Pallel, Tengnoupal district, on September 8, resulting in three deaths and over 50 injuries.

The state of Manipur has witnessed a series of violent clashes and incidents, with more than 180 people killed and several hundred injured since ethnic tensions erupted on May 3.

These tensions stem from a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ held in the hill districts, organized in protest against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe status. The Meiteis make up roughly 53 percent of Manipur’s population and are primarily concentrated in the Imphal valley, while tribal communities, including Nagas and Kukis, constitute around 40 percent of the population and reside predominantly in the hill districts.

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