Armed militants reportedly continued to attack civilians and police commando personnel at different places of the state, amid the prevailing tense situation between the Meetei and the Kuki community
in the state.
A day after combined troops of the Assam Rifles and the Manipur Police exchanged fire with heavily
armed militants at Dolaithabi area, causing injury to a personnel of the Assam Rifles, another shootout took place at Tronglaobi in Bishnupur district on Thursday.
During an intense gunfight between commando police and suspected Kuki militants, a police
commando (rifleman), Heisnam Jiten was killed while five commandos were left injured.
The injured persons were identified as SI N Nandalal Singh, SI H Haridas, Havildar Md Islammuddin, constable Y Shital Meitel and rifleman Md Raja Haq. The injured persons were admitted at Moirang Hospital and Raj Medicity, Imphal for medical
Bullet-riddled vehicle of the Manipur Police being lifted from the attack site at Tronglaobi on May 11, 2023 (PHOTO: IFP)
Another incident of fresh violence was also reported from Molngat village in Churachandpur district
of Manipur. According to reports, a shooting incident took place as miscreants opened fire, following
a clash that allegedly broke out between two communities.
Incidents of arson also reportedly took place in the area with few of the houses being set on
fire by miscreants.
Meanwhile, security forces reached the site to bring the situation under control.
Earlier on Wednesday, security advisor Kuldiep Singh told mediapersons at the CM Secretariat that
there was a firing incident between security personnel and suspected Kuki militants, during which an
AR personnel sustained a bullet injury on his stomach.
The AR and local police have begun inspecting Soo camps and numbers of arms are being counted,
the security advisor said, adding that the exercise was underway and stationing of the SoO cadres in
their designated camps was also monitored. So far, 284 arms and 6,700 ammunition have been
recovered, he said.
Singh also said that the recent violence in Manipur has claimed 66 lives so far. Search in going on for
two missing persons at Khumbong, he said, adding that if required, legal action will be taken up.
Further, identification and deportation of dead bodies will start after evacuation, he added.
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