Incidents of extreme violence continue to be reported from the Indian state of Manipur. Two people were killed in the latest incidents of firing in the Churachandpur and Bishnupur border areas.
In a shocking instance from Imphal East, Lucy Maring, a 55-year-old Naga woman who had a mental illness, was found murdered. She had been shot and her face disfigured. As per the police, nine people including five women have been arrested in connection with the incident.
To protest this violence, the United Naga Council called the killing a “cold-blooded murder” and said in a statement that the victim was “forcefully apprehended” by a women’s group and handed over to a private militia that killed her.
The statement said, the UNC condemns such brutality committed on innocent Nagas despite knowing her identity as Naga and demanded action against the perpetrators including Meira Paibis (Meitei women’s vigilante groups). “…exemplary punishment should be initiated upon the culprits,” it said.
The other death was of a 34-year-old man identified as Jangkholun Haokip in Laimaton Thangbuh, a Kuki village in Kangpokpi district in the hill. According to Indian media, 40-50 armed miscreants stormed the village and fired shots.
A group of women reportedly burnt down three trucks carrying LPG cylinders owned by a Kuki-Zo tribal in Imphal West’s Sekmai village.
Ethnic violence erupted in Manipur on May 3, this year. About 150 people have lost their lives so far and tens of thousands have been displaced
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