A clash between two ethnic groups in Manipur has left 33 people injured, six severly injured. The clash between a group of indegenious Muslims and Meitei Hindus took place at Mayang Imphal area in Imphal West district around 9am Monday. Police managed to bring the situation under control only by 5 pm. The Manipur government has imposed Section 144 of CrPC in area.
A clash broke out between two groups of villagers, and nine houses were burned down.The incident happened around 10 am at Mayang Imphal Konchak in Imphal West district. The district magistrate imposed indefinite curfew at Maynag Imphal Konchak and nearby areas with immediate effect.
Police sources informed they received information that the house of a man named Rajen of Mayang Imphal Konchak has caught fire.
However, people said the fire was a deliberate act by someone and started protesting.
Witnesses said some people fired at police and the crowd, injuring 10 of them.
Police said they were investigating whether Rajen’s house was set ablaze deliberately, ‘The reasons for the clash between the two groups of villagers are being investigated. But the immediate task is to restore normalcy. Additional police forces from three other districts have been rushed to maintain law and order,’ a police official added.
Meanwhile, normal life was thrown out of gear in neighbouring Thoubal district following an 18-hour general strike called by people demanding the arrest of some police commandos who allegedly looted Rs.6 lakh from a shopkeeper in October 2015.