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This is a picture of Serto Thangthang Kom, a soldier of the Army’s Defense Security Corps (DSP) Platoon.
The body of an army soldier was found on Sunday 17 September in Khuningthek village of East district in Imphal, the capital of Manipur. According to police officials, three armed miscreants abducted a constable who was on leave from his house around 10 am on Saturday morning. Then he was killed by shooting him in the head.
The deceased soldier has been identified as Serto Thangthang Kom of the Army’s Defense Security Corps (DSP) platoon at Limakhong in Kangpokpi district. He was a resident of Tarung, Imphal West.
So far 175 people have died in the communal violence that has been going on between the Meitei and Kuki communities in Manipur since May 3.
The soldier’s son told what he saw
The police officer said that the jawan’s 10-year-old son was present there during the kidnapping incident. He told that while he and his father were working in the verandah, three people had entered their house. The armed men put a pistol to the constable’s head and forced him into a white vehicle and took him away.
The police officer further said that there was no news of the constable till Sunday morning. His body was found in Khuningthek village in Imphal East around 9.30 am. His brother and brother-in-law identified him. He told that the soldier had a bullet wound on his head.
The deceased jawan is survived by his wife, daughter and son. Officials say that the last rites of the jawan will be performed as per the wishes of the family. The Army has also sent a team to assist the family.
175 dead, 1108 injured so far in Manipur
So far 175 people have died in the communal violence that has been going on between the Meitei and Kuki communities in Manipur since May 3. There are 1108 injured in the state, 32 are still missing, while 96 unclaimed bodies are kept in the mortuary.
IGP (Operations) IK Muivah gave this information during a press conference in Imphal on Friday. He said that in this challenging time of Manipur, we assure the citizens that the police, security forces and the state government are engaged in their security 24 hours.
Violence has happened 4 times so far in September…
6 September: Thousands of protesters had gathered at Phougakchao Ikhai in Bishnupur district. All of them were trying to break the army barricades to reach their deserted homes in Torbung. After this, as a precautionary measure, curfew was imposed in all the five valley districts of Manipur.
7 September: There have been reports of violence thrice in Manipur so far in September. The first incident took place in Pailel in Tengnoupal district of Manipur. Two people were killed in two separate incidents of firing here while 50 others were injured. An army major is also among the injured.
12 September: The second incident occurred on 12 September. In Kangchup area, three people of the village of Kuki-Jo community were killed in an ambush.
13 September: A police sub-inspector was murdered in Churachandpur district. The deceased sub-inspector has been identified as Onkhomang Haokip (45). According to officials, Sub Inspector Haokip An was posted in Chingfei when the attack took place. In the same attack, two more people standing nearby were also shot. He has not been identified yet.
Assam Rifles personnel fired tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.
Know in 4 points what is the reason for Manipur violence…
The population of Manipur is about 38 lakh. There are three major communities here – Meitei, Naga and Kuki. Meitais are mostly Hindus. The Nga-Kuki follow Christianity. Come under ST category. Their population is about 50%. Imphal Valley, which covers about 10% of the state’s area, is dominated by the Meitei community. Naga-Kuki population is about 34 percent. These people live in about 90% of the area of the state.
How the controversy started: The Meitei community demands that they should also be given tribe status. The community filed a petition for this in the Manipur High Court. The community’s argument was that Manipur had merged with India in 1949. Before that they had got the status of tribe only. After this, the High Court recommended to the state government that Meitei should be included in the Scheduled Tribe (ST).
What is Meitei’s argument: The Meitei tribe believe that years ago their kings had called the Kukis from Myanmar to fight a war. After that they became permanent residents. These people cut forests for employment and started cultivating opium. Due to this, Manipur has become a triangle of drug smuggling. All this is happening openly. He formed an arms group to fight the Naga people.
Why are the Naga-Kukis against: The remaining two tribes are against giving reservation to the Meitei community. They say that 40 out of 60 assembly seats in the state are already in the Meitei dominated Imphal Valley. In such a situation, if Meiteis get reservation in ST category, their rights will be divided.
What are the political equations: Out of 60 MLAs of Manipur, 40 MLAs are from Meitei and 20 MLAs are from Naga-Kuki tribe. Till now only two out of 12 CMs have been from the tribe.
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