IMPHAL: In a wave of fresh violence in Manipur on August 18, three people were killed after they were caught in the crossfire during a deadly exchange of gunfire between security personnel and armed miscreants in Ukhrul district.
Identified as Jamkhogin Haokip (26), Thangkhokai Haokip (35), and Hollenson Baite (24), the incident has been reported to have occurred at Thowai Kuki village in the wee hours of 4:30 am on Friday.
“The incident is related to the ongoing ethnic problem in the state. Some armed miscreants entered the village and these three people who were guarding the village were shot,” Ukhrul SP Ningshem Vashum was quoted as saying by the local press.
As the echoes of gunfire subsided, security forces comprising the Army and police swiftly moved in to restore order and provide support.
So far, the Naga-dominated district of Ukhrul has been untouched by the ongoing sectarian strife in the state. The Naga community, though distanced from the ongoing conflict, has however voiced its concerns emphasising on the need for consultation should a political settlement be reached, ensuring that the aspirations of the Naga territories are safeguarded amidst the violence.
Meanwhile, a delegation of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) embarked on a two-day journey to Manipur on Friday. Led by general secretary, Sitaram Yechury, the delegation is expected to take stock of the ongoing ethnic violence in the state and address the situation.
“Our mission is to stand in solidarity with Manipur’s people and assure them of India’s support. The removal of the Manipur CM is essential. We are committed to restoring peace and will take necessary steps. Given the critical state of affairs, it’s imperative to regain control for the unity of our nation,” Yechury was quoted as saying by the local press.