Imphal: The killings continue in the violence-hit Indian state of Manipur, as two persons were killed in an attack in Kangpokpi district.
The latest incident took place between Haraothel and Kobsha villages, police said. A man from the India Reserve Batallion (IRB) and his driver were shot dead in the attack.
In response to the attack, a tribal organisation has claimed that the victims were members of the Kuki-Zo (Christian) community.
Denouncing the “unprovoked attack” on the Kuki-Zo community, the Kangpokpi-based Committee on Tribal Unity (COTU) enforced an “emergency shutdown” across Kangpokpi district as a mark of protest.
In a meeting called following the attack, the COTU reiterated its demand for the establishment of a separate administrative body for tribal communities in Manipur.
The authorities have deployed additional forces’ personnel in the area of the attack and a search is underway to arrest those involved in the violence.
Manipur has been witnessing ethnic clashes between the Meitei (majority Hindu) and Kuki (mostly Christian) communities, following the Meitei’s demand for Scheduled Tribes (ST) status. The violence has claimed the lives of hundreds while displacing thousands.