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The deceased constable Serto Thangthang Kom was posted in the Defense Security Corps (DSC) of the army.
An army soldier was shot dead in the head in Manipur on Saturday (September 16). His body was found the next day in Khuningthek village of East Imphal.
The deceased soldier has been identified as Serto Thangthang Kom (44). He was a resident of Tarung in West Imphal and was posted in Defense Security Corps (DSC) in Kangpokpi district of Manipur.
He had come home for holidays when three armed criminals abducted him from his home around 10 am on Saturday morning, murdered him and left his body in another district.
Deceased’s brother Pachung (50) told that Serto had come home only a day before. After his death, he is now survived by his 31 year old wife, 12 year old daughter and 8 year old son.
Pachung also told that Serto’s son had seen him being kidnapped. The son had told Pachung that three people in a white car had forcefully taken away his father.
By the time the family could note down the vehicle number, the miscreants had fled. After this Pachung lodged an FIR with the police. Serto’s dead body was found the next day at 9:30 am.
Regarding this, Army officials say that the last rites of the soldier will be performed as per the wishes of the family. The Army has also sent a team to help the family.
Pachung said – We have no fight with Kuki-Meitei, hence there is no doubt on anyone.
Pachung told that there is a fight going on between the Kuki and Meitei communities in Manipur, but we come from the Kom community. Kom community is helping to restore peace in Manipur. That’s why I don’t understand anything about the kidnapping and murder of my brother. We don’t know who committed the murder. It is not that we doubt anyone. We have asked for an appointment with the Chief Minister tomorrow. Our demand is that the police should investigate this case thoroughly and we should get justice.
So far 175 people have died in the violence that has continued since May 3 between the Meitei and Kuki communities in Manipur.
This incident reveals the condition of Imphal Valley: Committee on Tribal Unity
The Committee on Tribal Unity has said that ‘This barbaric incident that took place in the Imphal valley during the day shows how armed Meitei miscreants are roaming freely in the valley without any fear. They are carrying out such terrorist activities without any fear. This clearly shows that Manipur is not run by a democratically elected government, but communally minded people are in charge of governance.
175 dead, 1108 injured so far in Manipur
So far 175 people have died in the violence between the Meitei and Kuki communities in Manipur since May 3. 1108 people are 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. And 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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