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Fresh wave of violence ignites in Manipur ahead of Home Minister’s rally

Imphal, April 13: In a disturbing escalation of violence in Manipur today, with heavy cross-firing reported at the tri-junction of Imphal East, Kangpokpi, and Ukhrul districts, particularly at Moirangpurel in Imphal East and Kangpokpi since 8 in the morning.

Following two days of cross-firing between Heirok in Thoubal District and Tengnoupal, the situation intensified at Moirangpurel, where armed miscreants from Kangpokpi and Imphal East clashed. The violence continued past 1 PM as village volunteers from valley districts retaliated against armed militants from Kangpokpi. According to villagers, the conflict was instigated by the Kuki militants who built bunkers near their settlement, prompting village volunteers to respond, leading to the confrontation.

Even Manipur police vehicles took several hit when they arrived at the spot to control the situation. The Kuki militants later fled the spot even leaving behind the injured. Armed villagers volunteers found at least two injured militants who were neutralised.

The situation is under control with govt security agencies dominating the area. Besides the two fatalities among the Kangpokpi group and several injuries are believed to have been suffered. Tension remains high in the area surrounding the tri-junction of Kangpokpi, Ukhrul, and Imphal East.

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