IRB jawan among 2 shot dead; shutdown in Manipur’s Kangpokpi
IMPHAL: A security force personnel and his driver were shot dead by suspected members of the Imphal Valley-based terror groups in Kangpokpi district of Manipur on Monday, officials said here. The duo were travelling in a vehicle when suspected terror group members belonging to the state’s majority community carried out an ambush between Haraothel and Kobsha villages, the officials said. One of the deceased was working with the India Reserve Battalion (IRB), the officials said. The incident took place in an area adjacent to the Singda dam, which has become a hotspot for insurgent groups to target tribal community members during the ongoing ethnic violence in the northeastern state. A tribal organisation claimed that the Kuki-Zo community people were attacked without provocation and declared a “shutdown” in Kangpokpi district. Additional forces have been deployed in the area and a search is underway to arrest those involved in the incident, a police official said. Condemning the “unprovoked attack” on the Kuki-Zo community people, the Kangpokpi-based Committee on Tribal Unity (COTU) declared an “emergency shutdown” in Kangpokpi district. The COTU, at a meeting, also demanded that the government make arrangements for a separate administration for tribals. More than 180 people have been killed since the violence erupted on May 3 after a protest against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.