Armed clash erupts between security forces and local armed groups in Manipur
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Armed clash erupts between security forces and local armed groups in Manipur

Armed clash erupted between security forces and local armed groups in Manipur's Tengnoupal district. The firing is still on and no casualties have been reported so far.
Armed clash erupts between security forces and local armed groups in Manipur

Firing between security forces and local armed group was reported from Pallel area of Manipur's Tengnoupal district since the early hours of Friday, according to India today.

The report said that firing started around 6 am and has been continuing intermittently but there were no reports of injuries or casualties as of now.

The firing incident came two days after thousands of protesters gathered at Phougakchao Ikhai in Bishnupur district on Wednesday and tried to break through army barricades in an attempt to reach their deserted houses in Torbung.

Tension was palpable in the area, with security forces comprising personnel of the Rapid Action Force (RAF), the Assam Rifles and Manipur Police firing tear gas shells to bring the situation under control, officials said.

A day before the protest, a full curfew had been clamped in all the five valley districts of Manipur as a preventive measure.

More than 160 people have been killed and several hundreds injured since ethnic violence broke out in Manipur on May 3, when a "Tribal Solidarity March" was organised in the hill districts to protest against the majority Meitei community's demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.

Meiteis account for about 53 per cent of Manipur's population and live mostly in the Imphal valley, while tribals, including Nagas and Kukis, constitute 40 per cent and reside mostly in the hill district.

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