Two killed in Manipur as police open fire at demonstrators
IMPHAL: Two people were killed in Manipur when police
opened fire at demonstrators who were protesting two-month old ban under
Section 144 CrPc on any gathering of four or more people.
At least 10 people were also injured in the incident
late on Saturday in Ukhrul town, 80 km north of capital city Imphal. The
protests were organised by the United Naga Council (UNC), an organisation of
“Suddenly, the agitators turned violent, forcing the
police to fire tear gas shells before opening fire to bring the situation under
control. Two protesters died on the spot,” a police official said.
The injured were admitted to a hospital. One of the
protesters, who was hit by a bullet in the chest, has been shifted to
Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences hospital here.
The Ukhrul district authorities two months back
imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPc for an indefinite period
after the killing of an Ukhrul Autonomous District Council member by
unidentified armed elements. Ukhrul district borders Myanmar.
The 2.72-million population Manipur has nine
districts, four in the valley and five in the hills. Most of the hill
districts, including Ukhrul, are mostly inhabited by the Naga and Kuki tribal
The Naga community has been demanding a separate
administrative set-up within Manipur, a demand that has been opposed by the
Congress party-led state government.