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Possible BSF Deployment Near Kuki Village in Response to Killings Amid Manipur Violence

A contingent of Border Security Force (BSF) personnel is reportedly set to be stationed in Manipur after three members of the Kuki community were fatally shot by armed individuals on Friday morning. Insiders familiar with the situation shared this information with Hindustan Times.

On August 18, armed assailants killed three Kuki community members in Ukhrul district, a tragedy that was confirmed by officials.

According to the report, the BSF troops are anticipated to be positioned near Thawai Kuki village. Law enforcement is currently scouring the jungles of nearby hills, where it is believed the armed criminals are hiding. The police stated that the attackers are still at large, as per HT.

Previously, on August 5, separate shooting incidents involving the Meiteis and Kukis communities in Bishnupur and Churachandpur districts resulted in the unfortunate deaths of five individuals, with three being Meiteis and two Kukis.

Troubles ignited in Manipur on May 3 when Kuki groups protested against proposed changes to the state’s reservation system, which aimed to grant scheduled tribe (ST) status to the Meitei community. These clashes have led to over 160 deaths and the displacement of around 50,000 people. Meiteis constitute approximately 53 percent of the state’s population, while Kukis make up about 16 percent.

The violence escalated rapidly, forcing thousands to flee their burning homes and neighborhoods to seek refuge in jungles, often across state borders, according to Hindustan Times.

Meanwhile, the opposition has consistently criticized both the state and central governments over this issue, which also took center stage during the recently concluded monsoon session of Parliament. In response to the Manipur violence cases, the CBI has assigned 53 officers, including two women DIG-rank officers, sources informed ANI on August 16.

Earlier on August 19, members of the Trinamool Mahila Congress staged a protest in Siliguri, expressing solidarity with women in Manipur who have been subject to brutal attacks. Dressed in attire similar to that worn by Manipuri women, the TMC women’s wing organized the protest, as reported by news agency ANI. TMC leader Chandrima Bhattacharya stated that the demonstration aimed to stand with the women of Manipur who have faced severe assaults.

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