On New Year’s Day, a grim incident unfolded in Manipur’s Thoubal district, where at least three individuals were reportedly shot dead, and five others sustained injuries. Responding to the alarming situation, authorities swiftly reimposed curfew in Thoubal, Imphal East, Imphal West, Kakching, and Bishnupur districts of the state. The assailants, yet to be identified, donned camouflage attire as they indiscriminately fired upon locals, as per officials’ accounts.
Expressing deep concern, Chief Minister N Biren Singh conveyed a video message condemning the violence and issued an appeal for peace, particularly to the residents of Lilong.
“Police are actively pursuing the culprits behind this attack. They will be apprehended soon and face legal consequences,” he assured.
The recent incident adds to the ongoing unrest in Manipur, with more than 180 lives lost and several hundred injured since ethnic tensions ignited on May 3. The initial spark was a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ organized in the hill districts, protesting the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe status.