Imphal: Curfew was re-imposed in the Thoubal and Imphal West districts of Manipur on Monday following fresh violence that claimed four lives.
Clashes occurred between unidentified armed miscreants and locals in the Lilong area in Thoubal district on Monday evening. According to the police, four people died in the clashes and their bodies are yet to be recovered, reported India Today.
The armed miscreants opened fire at civilians.
“Due to the developing of law-and-order condition in the district and to prevent any untoward incidents and also loss of life and property and further as a precautionary measure, the curfew relaxation order dated 31’st December 2023 stands cancelled and full curfew is imposed in all areas of Imphal West District with immediate effect,” said an order released by the District Magistrate of Imphal West’s office.
Later, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, in a video message, requested the residents of Lilong to not “cause any more violence” and maintain peace and tranquillity in the area.
“The state government will not take the incident easily. More police will be deployed in the area to arrest those culprits,” he added.
The ethnic violence since May 3, 2023 in Manipur has claimed over 180 lives. Over 10,000 army and para-military personnel are deployed in Manipur to bring back normalcy in the northeastern state.