Imphal: Caught in a fierce firing on November 7, 2023, hit by a bullet in Imphal West, Khwairakpam Abemcha a mother of three uttered, “Am I going to die…?
A moment later Abemcha holding on to a person complained of her body feeling warm. While at the thick of firing, captured in a video, Abemcha helplessly reached out to the young man by her side and requested, “Could I hug you my son… the pain is unbearable.”
The mother, an unfortunate victim of Kangchup Chingkhong firing incident passed away on Friday afternoon at RIMS hospital in Imphal after undergoing treatment for several days.
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Abemcha, survived by her husband Leichanbam Tondon Singh, their two daughters and a son was declared death around 1:35 PM.
The 39-year-old woman was hit by a bullet on her back side trunk during the intense firing between armed Kuki -Zo group and security forces.
The incident occurred near Don Bosco School at Kangchup Chingkhong which falls under Lamsang Police Station in Imphal West district.
The firing on November 7 left at least 10 people injured including, Abemcha and two Manipur police personnel. Seven injured persons were rushed to RIMS hospital that day which also included Abemcha, while two other injured were taken to Raj Medicity in Imphal.
Abemcha was taken to RIMS along with another victim Thangal who were rushed to ICU due to criticality of their conditions.
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Meanwhile, a Joint Action Committee against the killing of Abemcha has been formed. The JAC has refused to claim her body which is still lying at RIMS morgue until an understanding has been reached with the government.
The vicious ethnic conflict that erupted in May 3, 2023 between the Meitei/Meetei and Kuki-Zo communities has claimed over 170 lives and have displaced over 60,000 people.