“There are videos and photos circulating of churches and houses of Kukis being burned in Imphal and some other areas. There are reports that houses of Meitei people in Churachandpur have also been targeted,” said a Kuki politician from Churachandpur, requesting anonymity.
Police officials said on the condition of anonymity that over 5,000 residents of the Kuki-dominated Langol area in Imphal fled their homes, and some places of worship were set ablaze and ransacked. Around 1,000 Meiteis in the tribal-dominated Churachandpur district fled, seeking refuge in Kwakta and Moirang in Bishnupur, the officials added.
Officials in the state capital of Imphal said they were aback by the scale and spread of the violence. The focus, they said, was to bring the situation back under control.
In Imphal, shops, business establishments, offices and educational institutions remained closed. In some places, police resorted to firing rubber bullets and tear gas shells to disperse mobs that had gathered and tried to inflict violence, officials added.
Six lawmakers from the tribal Naga community also asked the warring groups to stop the clashes. “We would like to appeal to all to sort out differences across the table,” said water resources minister Awangbow Newmai.
Source- Hindustan Times.