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Tue, 15 Oct 2019

Northeast Today

10 houses torched in Manipur inter-village land dispute

10 houses torched in Manipur inter-village land dispute
September 18
12:16 2019

NET Bureau

At least 10 houses were burnt down by armed miscreants at a village in Manipur’s Senapati district, which police have attributed to long existing inter-village land dispute.

Irate villagers imposed a snap bandh along the Imphal-Dimapur section of NH-2 forcing hundreds of vehicles to remain stranded. The highway was opened following intervention by state tribal affairs minister.

As per reports, armed miscreants suspected to be volunteers of Maram Khullen Circle Union (MKCU) intruded into Makhan Khuman village under Tadubi police station, Senapati district and set afire to houses Tuesday at around 4am. The suspects were armed with sophisticated arms, local reports alleged.

Villagers of Maram have been confronted by their neighbouring villages of Makhan over the ownership of lands at the border between the two villages for the last over 40 years and clashes among the villagers were reportedly occasionally.

Police as well as local reports stated that the armed suspects stormed Makhan Khuman village in the early hour and set afire houses in the village. At least 10 houses were razed in the arson, reducing properties worth lakhs of rupees to ashes.

After torching the houses, the miscreants also set fire to a bridge on the highway at Makhan, destroying OFC cables of telecom service. The damage of telecom cables forced the shutdown of services, but was restored later in the afternoon.

Angered by burning of the houses, villagers of Makhan villages imposed a total blockade along the highway under the aegis of Makhan People Organisation (MPO).

They demanded immediate arrest of the miscreants responsible for burning of the houses.

The blockade was, however, suspended after a talk with state tribal affairs N Kayishii who rushed to village.

Earlier, the villagers demanded booking of miscreants within 24 hours. In case of failure to arrest the culprits, they threatened to impose an indefinite blockade on the highway.

Meanwhile, the home department has deployed one platoon of armed IRB personnel to protect the villagers. Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh, who termed the incident as unfortunate, said more forces would be sent if required.

Source: Nagaland Post

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