Dozen injured in inter-village clash

Dozen injured in inter-village clash
Police at the inter-village clash site over land dispute in Thoubal district. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, AUG 29 | Publish Date: 8/29/2020 12:21:45 PM IST

Over a dozen were injured when two groups attacked each other with stones and deadly weapons over a land dispute in Manipur.

With tension running high in the villages located at the inter-district border between Thoubal and Tengnoupal district, section 144 of CrPC has been clamped in the area.

Reports said that the clash between the two neighbouring villages; Salungpham village of Thoubal district and Ringpam village of Tengnoupal erupted yesterday around 4pm on Friday.

Reports said that the clash erupted over the ownership of a piece of land (Santipur Khunou) lying at the inter-village border between Salungpham and Rangpam village. 

Another neighbouring village, Tollen, was also involved in the dispute that surfaced a few years ago. 

While injuries were inflicted on both side, as many as 13 villagers mostly belonging to Salungpham were hospitalised at nearby healthcare centres, the report said.

Timely intervention by police averted major casualty that could have been caused as a result of the clash, a police source said.

Armed police have been detailed after the district magistrate of both districts clamped sub-section 2 of section 144 of CrPC in the area restricting people from moving out of their respective homes.

Efforts were on to ease tension as the police convened a meeting of leaders of the villages involved in the clash. 

The meeting was organised under the initiative of the IGP Zone-I K Jayentakumar at the office of the Thoubal SP. 

In the meeting, it was resolved to maintain peace in the area and a second round of talks was convened on August 3, the report said.

Earlier, police teams of both districts under the supervision of the IGP inspected the disputed side and took stock of the situation.

There was an informal agreement among the villages to convert the disputed land into a cemetery and to confirm the same, a joint discussion was convened on August 31.


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