As many as seven more people, including three villagers were killed in violence-hit Manipur as fresh clashes broke out between Kuki villagers and village volunteers in Bishnupur district of Manipur early Sunday.
According to sources, clashes between Kuki militants and village volunteers occurred at Khoijumantabi which is located along Bishnupur's border with Churachandpur district, early Sunday, claiming seven lives, including three village volunteers.
Despite the appeal for restoration of peace and normalcy by several groups and leaders, the continuing violence in Manipur has claimed over 120 lives, while over 300 others have been injured, according to reports. Over 52,000 people have been displaced as their houses have been destroyed by arson or vandalised since May 3. A total 5,036 instances of arson have been reported so far.
On Saturday, Governor Anusuiya Uikey appealed to the people of Manipur to bring peace and normalcy in the state as the unrest persisted for close to two months.
"I sincerely appeal to all irrespective of caste, creed and religion to extend their fullest cooperation to solve the problem through an amicable and peaceful dialogue so that our age-old tradition of coexistence can be maintained," she said in her message to the people of Manipur.