In a heavy exchange of fire between Kuki and Meitei armed groups in Algejang village, Kangpokpi District, Manipur, has reportedly resulted in the loss of more than 11 individuals.
According to reliable information received at 10:50 pm, there was a fierce confrontation between the two groups at approximately 10:30 pm. The clash involved Kuki and Meitei groups, armed with sophisticated weapons. As a consequence, a number of individuals sustained gunshot injuries, some of which proved fatal, according to a statement by the Police.
Army sources stated that Meitei UGs burnt down four Kuki villages at Imphal East and KPI district boundaries, resulting in 300 houses that were destroyed.
Preliminary investigations have revealed that a total of nine individuals lost their lives as a result of the clash. Among the deceased, eight have been identified as Haobijam Somenkumar (27), Moirangthem Heman (34), Kongengbam Shankar Singh (25), Tellem Thoithoi (28), R.K. Prasanta (28), Laishram Naothoibi (32), Yumnam Surjitkumar (43), and Laishram Suresh (33). It is possible that the number of casualties may rise by the time this report is being filed.
In response to the incident, a suo moto case has been registered invoking sections 447, 506, 326, 307, 302, 34 IPC (Indian Penal Code), and 25(1-C) A Act.
The bodies of the deceased have been transferred to the JNIMS morgue for post-mortem examinations, on June 14, 2023. In light of these circumstances, the authorities have requested the deployment of an Executive Magistrate from Kangpokpi District to conduct a magisterial inquest into the deaths of the identified individuals and one unidentified person. Furthermore, they have sought permission to record video coverage during the post-mortem examinations.
The state continues to grapple with the aftermath of ethnic violence that erupted a month ago between the Meitei and Kuki communities. The death toll has now risen to a staggering 100 individuals, with an additional 310 people sustaining injuries.
In order to maintain law and order, curfew measures remain in effect in 16 districts, further compounding the challenges faced by the local population.