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Curfew imposed in Imphal after clash

IMPHAL: Curfew and restrictions were Tuesday imposed in Muslim dominated Khetrigao area in Manipur’s Imphal East district after a minor boy died and at least four people were injured in a violent clash.

Imphal East district magistrate imposed the indefinite curfew (under sub section 2 of section 144, Cr PC 1973) after clash broke out in the area late Monday night, an official source said Tuesday.

The violent clash erupted after residents of Khergao resisted the entry of a group of people to the house of one Md Azmir of the village in connection with the murder of a youth from the neighbouring village.

Tension among the residents of Muslim dominated Khergao was prevailing in the last few days after Md Azmir was pointed out as one of the culprits behind murder of a youth in April last. On April 2 last year, a youth identified as Md Naoshad Khan was found dead inside his car at Nganglou Loukon under Lilong police station of Thoubal district. 

People of the area has been pressing the authority to book the culprit(s) behind the murder of the youth as they suspect some of his local friends were involved in the murder. However, on Monday night, a group of people stormed the house of Md Azmir. When family of the Azmir and his neighbours offered strong resistance, a clash broke out resulting in the death of one minor boy besides injuring atleast four people.

Reports said that the 14-year-old boy Md Saddam died after he sustained severe injuries. 

Those injured in the clash were identified as Md Eki (24), Md Ajij (24), both from Khergao Makha Leikai and Md Muktar and Md Boicha of Kshetri Awang Leikai. 

Another report said that members of a joint action committee (JAC) formed against the murder of Md Naoshad Khan along with a group of people went to the house of the alleged accused Md Azmir to discuss the matter. However, the family members of the alleged accused reportedly fired towards them. 

They immediately reported the incident to the police. However, the police, who rushed to the area, refused to arrest the alleged accused and those behind the firing.

The irate people attempted to destroy the house of the alleged accused but the family members once again fired at the crowd injuring the four people. 

Around 11 pm, the irate locals damaged the house and set it on fire. The fire spread to the neighbour’s house and Md Saddam, who rushed to fight the fire, stepped on a live wire and was electrocuted. 

Three of the injured people in the firing were rushed to JNIMS hospital.  Md Eki, who was injured on the neck, chest and arm, was referred to Shija hospital.

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