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MediumIndia2024-01-02T00:00:00Z

As per reports, the latest situational updates in Manipur as of Wednesday (03 January) are as follows:

• On Tuesday (02 January), at least four police commandos and a Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were injured in an attack by militants in Manipur’s Moreh. This comes a day after four people belonging to the Meitei Pangal community were killed when armed miscreants opened fire into a crowd at Lilong Chingjao in Thoubal district.
• The attack in Moreh took place at around 0800 hours on Tuesday when a team of security personnel was conducting routine operations. They were attacked with bombs and automatic weapons, and the injured were airlifted to a hospital in Imphal.
• Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh stated that militants from Myanmar – Moreh borders the neighbouring country – were likely involved in the attack. He also informed that a large number of state and central forces have been rushed to the spot and that counter-insurgency operations have begun.
• Moreover, the Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF), the political wing of Manipur’s banned People’s Liberation Army, issued a statement claiming responsibility for the shooting in Thoubal.
• Representatives of civil society organisations, meanwhile, participated in a public meeting at Lilong. They adopted several resolutions, including a deadline of 48 hours for the government to arrest the culprits, and for the case to be handed over to the National Investigation Agency.
• The Committee on Tribal Unity, or the CoTU, Sadar Hills and the Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum, or the ITLF, the two top Kuki-Zo tribal bodies in Manipur jointly called for a 24-hour total shutdown in all Kuki-Zo dominated areas in Manipur starting tonight from zero hour on Wednesday (03 January) till zero hour on Thursday (04 January).
• The Manipur government has announced relaxation in curfew in four valley based districts on Wednesday (03 January) amid the recent incidents of violence in the state. As per notifications issued by the government, curfew has been relaxed in the valley based districts of Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal and Bishnupur.
• As per the relaxation by the authorities, general public will be allowed to move out of their houses from the period of 0500 hours till 2200 hours. However, the relaxation in the district of Bishnupur is from 0500 hours to 2100 hours.
• While condemning the continuous cross firing at the border town of Moreh, the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) allegedly claimed that the eruption of tension in Moreh as a complete failure of the state government to protect the law and order of the state.
• The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which has been currently investigating several cases over Manipur violence has filed two separate chargesheets in the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup (M), Guwahati, Assam against five accused in two inter-related cases of Manipur violence.

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