Manipur cop killed in recent flare-up

Unidentified militants shot useless a Manipur Police sub-inspector and injured two different civilians in Churachandpur district on Wednesday afternoon, officers stated, bringing the toll within the strife-torn state to 169.

Ongmang Haokip, a sub-inspector in Manipur Police posted at Chingphei, was killed by a bullet to the top round 1.30pm on Wednesday. (AFP)

Ongmang Haokip, a sub-inspector in Manipur Police posted at Chingphei, was killed by a bullet to the top round 1.30pm on Wednesday, stated a senior police official on the situation of anonymity. Two civilians have been additionally injured in pictures fired by miscreants within the Kuki-dominated district. The identification of the 2 individuals weren’t out there until the submitting this report.

“One in every of our officers died within the incident. He was posted in Churachandpur. We’re probing the incident,” the district’s superintendent of police (SP) Kartik Malladi stated.

The Manipur Police in an official assertion condemned the “dastardly assault”.

“A sub-Inspector of Manipur Police particularly, Onkhomang Haokip (35)… was martyred in a firing incident… at Chingphei village below Moirang PS. Manipur Police strongly condemns this dastardly assault. His final rites will likely be carried out tomorrow[Thursday] at Churachandpur in a befitting method,” the official assertion stated.

Talking on situation of anonymity, a police officer stated that Haokip was killed and the 2 civilians injured in firing “from a distance”.

The incident got here a day after three individuals, all Kukis, have been waylaid by a bunch of armed males and killed in Kangpokpi, one other Kuki-dominated district. In all, seven individuals have been killed in violence in September, the fifth consecutive month that clashes have roiled the northeastern state.

Haokip, 35, was earlier posted in Moirang police station however got here to Churachandpur when clashes broke out between Kuki and Meitei communities on Might 3, his household stated.

Lamboi, Haokip’s brother in legislation stated Haokip had saved individuals from a mob in Moirang on Might 3. “The next day Haokip and his colleague (one other sub inspector) have been attacked by a mob who broken their automobile. He then fled Moirang and got here to Churachandpur. Haokip was an trustworthy police officer, who didn’t even have his personal home and lived on hire. Just lately he had received a police quarter allotted to him. The federal government ought to be sure that the killers are arrested and justice is delivered on the earliest.”

Haokip was posted within the reserve group of the Churachandpur police station, an officer stated. A resident of Tuiboing, he’s survived by his spouse and 4 kids.

His mates stated Haokip was hit by a bullet. “ He feared for his life and had not gone to Moirang after clashes broke out. Locals have instructed us {that a} sniper shot him,” stated Kennedy, a childhood buddy who was recognized by his first title.

The Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Discussion board, a Kuki umbrella group, condemned the incident.

“The Indigenous Tribal Leaders Discussion board condemns the despicable homicide of a policeman who was on obligation to keep up peace within the buffer zone,”

Manipur has been rocked by ethnic clashes between Meitei and tribal Kuki communities since Might 3. The violence, together with Wednesday’s incident, has claimed 169 lives and displaced over 50,000 individuals.

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