AR and Manipur Police caught again in heated altercation as the former blocks off Gothol road in Bishnupur Dist

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Imphal: Heated argument erupted between Manipur Police and the 9th Assam Rifles on Saturday when few casper bullet proof vehicle belonging to the 9th Assam Rifles blocked off Kwakta Gothol road in Bishnupur, a Meitei/Meetei dominated district, adjoining Churachandpur a Kuki dominated district.

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The heated altercation took place in the aftermath of suspected Kuki militants killing three Meiteis in the wee hours of Saturday, while injuring a police commando, Paonam Apallo (32) including a youth who sustained two bullet injuries on his left knee. Additionally, a woman also sustained a bullet injury on her thigh.

The Manipur police lead by Shakti Sen accused the Assam Rifles of colluding with the Kuki militants for blocking off the Gothol road for interfering in performing their duty.

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Similar altercation between the 37 Assam Rifles and Manipur police occurred at Sugnu Police Station during the month of June leading to upfront confrontation. The sharp argument between the two was due to the 37 Assam Rifles blocking the main gates of Sugnu Police Station under Kakchiang District.

Manipur continues to be roiled in conflict as fresh violence erupted at Kwakta village in Bishnupur district in strife-torn Manipur in the wee hours on Saturday. Three people from two families were brutally killed by suspected Kuki militants at Kwakta Ward Number 8.

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The victims include a father and his son. The disturbing incident occurred at around 3 am when the victims were sleeping in their homes. The militants reportedly dragged them out of their homes and were shot point blank.

On August 3, the Assam Rifle and Rapid Action Force after intense scuffle with the Meitei womenfolk protestors in thousands resorted to firing tear gas shells and smoke bomb to disperse the mob. Large number of protestors, most of who are women, while escaping from the gas shells by the security forces were injured. Over 40 women were injured in the scuffle. Assam Rifles and Rapid Action Force deployed at Tiddim road blocked off Tiddim road leading to Torbung Bangla.

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The incident on August 3 broke out at around 11 am when womenfolk from various parts of the Imphal valley headed to Torbung Bangla area to stop the proposed mass burial of 35 Kuki-Zo people.

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