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Manipur Violence: Locals of Leithao village flee after 13 people killed in Tengnoupal

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Imphal, Dec 6: Yet again, tension has taken a grip in Manipur’s Tengnoupal district after 13 men were killed in fresh violence. Residents of Leithao village started fleeing from their homes on Tuesday, expecting more violence.

Leithao village had been relatively peaceful since tension first erupted in the state on May 3 because of which security forces were not posted in the village. The nearest security post is around 10 kilometres away in Saibol.

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“After the security forces left on Monday night, all the villagers fled. They are all staying with their relatives in Chehlep and Phalbung village, which is also in Tengnoupal. We request that security forces come and guard our villages. The militants will again come to attack us,” said Jamkhogin Lupho, secretary of the Leithao village.

The village, which comes under the territorial jurisdiction of Machi police station in Tengnoupal district, has nine houses and around 70 residents.

Neither police nor security forces confirmed the identity or ethnicity of the 13 people who were killed.

“We want a permanent post of the Assam Rifles in the village. On the map, the Assam Rifle camp at Saibol and the temporary one at Bongmol appear to be near our village, but it is difficult for them to reach the village on time if there is any emergency. There is no proper road connecting our village. Before the shooting happened, the militants also ransacked the houses. Many people were out working in the fields when they (the militants) entered the village. From my house alone, they fled with nearly ₹45,000,” the village chief stated.

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