At least two homes caught fire, and several gunshots came out in the Manipur district of Imphal West. The incident occurred on October 4 in New Keithelmanbi, near the Patsoi police station. Security forces and firefighters managed to control the blaze. The situation escalated when the suspects fled the scene, increasing tension in the neighborhood. After deploying additional security, the scenario was finally under control. Since racial disputes began in Manipur on May 3, when a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ took place in the mountainous districts to oppose the Meitei community’s request for Scheduled Tribe status, more than 180 people passed away.
In fresh violence in Imphal, Manipur, two homes burned down
Around 10 p.m. on Wednesday, the incident occurred near the Patsoi police station in New Keithelmanbi.
Fresh violence in Manipur
At least two residences got on fire, and multiple shots of ammunition went off in the Imphal West district of Manipur, according to police reports from October 5. According to police, the blaze came under control by security forces and firefighters.
The incident took place in New Keithelmanbi
Around 10 p.m. on October 4, the incident took place in New Keithelmanbi, close to the Patsoi police station, according to reports. After the incident, a group of Meitei women assembled in the area, and the security forces stopped them from leaving, they claimed.
The tension increased as the suspect escaped the scene
According to them, the stress in the neighborhood increased when the perpetrators fled the scene after the attack. According to police, additional protection got stationed, and the scenario is now under control.
Last violence in Manipur
In the last week of September, despite a police restriction and a curfew in the Imphal valley, a mob tried to target Chief Minister N Biren Singh’s vacant ancestral home during the renewed violence in Manipur. Manipur witnessed the beginning of protests after video of the bodies of two students who are said to have disappeared in July went viral online.
An angry mob set fire to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Mandal office in the Thoubal district of Manipur before an attempt to attack the CM’s ancestral home of the BJP.
On May 3, disputes erupted in Manipur over a suggested modification to the state’s reservation scheme from the High Court. After a “Tribal Solidarity March” took place in the mountainous regions to demonstrate against the Meitei community’s quest for Scheduled Tribe status, ethnic clashes erupted in Manipur. Where there were crucial tensions over race in the state, the violence spread quickly.
Since then, the state has seen at least 180 fatalities and more than 50,000 displaced residents.
Meiteis, who make up about 53% of the population of Manipur, reside in the Imphal Valley. Fewer than 40% of the population are tribal people, mostly Nagas and Kukis, who live in the hill districts.