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492 militancy-related deaths in Manipur
Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 31:
Published on 31 Dec. 2008 11:20 PM IST
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With 492 deaths recorded till December 31 in the state, fatalities in 2008 have surpassed the 408 deaths in militancy-related fatalities in 2007. The fatalities figure also put Manipur in the top in the vortex of violence in the states of India's Northeast, Assam with 384 in the second while with 201 deaths Nagaland in the third position. With 408 deaths in the year 2007, Manipur remains the second most conflict ridden State in the northeast, behind Assam with 437 fatalities. Fatalities in 2007 have already surpassed the 285 militancy-related fatalities that occurred in Manipur in 2006. Now the fatalities in 2008 have surpassed the previous year 2007 by 84. On the other hand even though fatalities have increased among all categories in the last eight year since 2000, in the just year 2008 militant fatalities have increased among other two categories, fatalities of the civilian and security force. According to compiled data of insurgency related killings in Manipur maintained by the Union ministry of home affairs till December 22, a total of the 484 people died in militancy-related fatalities in Manipur, out of which 131 were civilians, 13 were security force personnel while 340 were militants. Apart from this a total of eight people which police claimed to be militants killed in the span of nine day from December 23 till today. The number includes the killing of army chief and commander of highway task force of proscribed KCP identified as Akoijam Shyambi alias Kokai Meitei in a shoot out took place at Koirengei in Imphal east Tuesday night by the government force.

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