Imphal: Fresh tension erupted in several areas of ethnic violence-hit Manipur after two teenage boys went missing under suspicious circumstances from the Imphal West district.
According to reports, the two boys, aged 16 and 19, had gone towards Sekmai on November 5 at around 9 am on a bike. But they did not return back home and calls to their mobile phones were also not picked up.
Their families registered missing persons reports at the local police station. They alleged that armed Kuki miscreants may be behind the disappearance of these two youngsters.
The families also met with Manipur Governor Anusuiya Uikey at Raj Bhavan and the Titular King of Manipur, Rajya Sabha MP Leishemba Sanajaoba, at the Manipur Royal Palace.
A Joint Action Committee (JAC) has been established in connection with this missing persons case.
Demanding rescue of the missing teens, higher secondary students of three prominent schools in Imphal town took out a rally. In Lamshang, locals held protest demonstrations by burning tyres and blocking roads by boulders.
Search operations are being conducted by personnel from Kangpokpi District Police, Assam Rifles, and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to track down the missing students.
The ethnic clashes that erupted in Manipur on May 3 have resulted in over 180 deaths and left several hundred injured.