At least four persons from Landang village in Manipur’s Ukhrul district were injured in a gun battle that took place between Langdang and Choithar village in Ukhrul district over a land dispute on Sunday, sources said.
SI Marchang, Ukhrul police station told the Imphal Free Press that the four persons from Langdang village sustained injuries during the firing at 2 pm Sunday.
The injured persons were identified as one Lungmi Tungshang, 58, son of Kapangkhui Tungshang; Rashing Tungshang, 31, son of Shangreikhai Tungshang; Buipuimi Luithui, 29, son of Wungchihan Luithui and George Luithui, 30, son of Wungshumgmi Luithui, all from Langdang village. The condition of Lungmi Tungshang is said to be critical.
Following the incident, district magistrate Krishna Kumar issued prohibitory orders on Sunday evening under section 144 (2) of the code of criminal procedure 1973 with immediate effect within the area of the two villages and in the area of 3 kilometres around the same two villages.
The order is to remain in force till further notice.
The order prohibited the assembly of five or more persons, carrying of swords, sticks and other sharp edged objects which may be used to harm, and carrying of any firearms and other lethal weapons.
It stated that as per information received from the sub-divisional magistrate Ukhrul that a tension has been escalated between Langdang and Choithar villages over land dispute and as there is likelihood of causing tension, annoyance, disturbance of public peace and tranquillity, immediate preventive measures was necessary to maintain law and order and to prevent any untoward incident and breach of peace and tranquillity.
The order will not be applicable to government officials and security personnel on duty, it stated, adding that in view of the urgent nature of the case, sufficient time is not available to serve the notice and therefore the order has been passed ex-parte, the order read.