Top tribal body urges complete shutdown in Churachandpur district amidst Manipur violence.

The Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum (ITLF) has issued a call for a comprehensive shutdown effective from August 31 in the areas of Lonphai, Khousabung, Kangvai, and Sugnu located within the Churachandpur district.

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Through an official statement, the foremost tribal organization has alleged that the regions of Lonphai, Khousabung, Kangvai, and Sugnu are currently facing attacks and disturbances. In light of this situation, the ITLF has declared an Emergency Shutdown to be implemented immediately across the entirety of the Churachandpur district.

It’s important to note that essential services such as medical assistance, police intervention, water supply, electricity distribution, and media coverage have been exempted from the scope of the shutdown, ensuring that crucial functions continue to operate.

Prior to this, on August 29, Manipur experienced a fresh wave of violence. During this incident, there was a casualty, and a violent episode involving heavy gunfire was reported in the Khoirentak area. According to sources, the incident unfolded around 10:00 AM on August 29 when unidentified individuals launched an attack on Kuki-Zo villages near the Khoirentak area.

In response to the attack, village volunteers retaliated by engaging in a heavy exchange of gunfire. Tragically, a village volunteer lost their life during this confrontation. The individual who lost their life has been identified as Jangminlun Gangte, the 30-year-old son of Mangkholien Gangte.

Earlier, on August 28, Manipur police conducted various search operations that led to the apprehension of a member from the proscribed insurgent group’s political wing Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF/PLA), an active cadre from the National Socialist Council of Nagalim Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM), and two Over-Ground Workers (OGW) affiliated with the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP). These operations were conducted on separate occasions, and the arrests were made as part of these efforts. The Manipur police released this information on August 29.

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