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Two CRPF personnel killed in militant attack, one dead in gunfight

According to the police, the CRPF personnel were attacked by Kuki militants starting from midnight till 2:15 am.

Manipur 1BISHNUPUR: Two personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed while two others were injured in an alleged attack by kuki militants in Manipur on Saturday.

In another incident a gunfight broke out between two groups in Manipur killing one on spot, police said.

According to the police, the CRPF personnel were attacked by Kuki militants starting from midnight till 2:15 am at the Naranseina area falling under the Moirang polling station in the Bishnupur district bordering Churachandpur district.

Sub-inspector Nizamuddin Sarkar from Assam’s Kokrajhar district and head constable Arup Saini from West Bengal’s Bankura district lost their lives in the attck. The injured were identified as inspector Jadav Das and constable Aftab Das.

The personnel who lost their lives are from the CRPF 128 Battalion deployed at the Naransena area in Bishnupur district in the state.

According to some locals, the attack by the gunmen led to a gunfight which continued for about two hours. The gunmen reportedly also used bombs during the attack.

“…At around 12.45 am, we received information that a group of suspected Kuki militants and their supporters, who were armed with sophisticated weapons and bombs, fired upon the CRPF personnel deployed on the western side of 2nd India Reserve Battalion headquarters at Naranseina Mnaing. The security personnel retaliated and the firing lasted about 40/50 minutes,” a police officer wrote to the district magistrate in an internal communication.

The Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum, which has been the voice of the Kuki-Zo tribals during the ethnic conflict, claimed the Meitei militants carried out the attack.

“The ITLF vehemently condemns the attack on Kuki-Zo areas near Khoirentak in Bishnupur district…Kuki-Zo tribals have always appreciated the presence of central security forces and we have lauded their efforts in protecting the lives of civilians,” the ITLF said in a statement.

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