webnexttech | Manipur’s Moreh tense, curfew imposed day after two held over cop’s murder
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A day after two people were arrested in Manipur’s Moreh in connection with the killing of police officer Anand Kumar, curfew was imposed in the border town as tensions rose.On Monday evening, Manipur Police arrested Philip Khaikholal Khongsai and Hemkholal Mate, stating that they were “among the main suspects” for the killing of the sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) in October last year.
On October 31, SDPO Chingtham Anand Kumar was shot dead in Moreh – a town on the border with Myanmar.
Moreh has a mixed population, with the Kuki-Zomi community making up the majority.
Kumar belonged to the Meitei community.
According to police, at around 4.30 pm on Monday, security personnel on patrol near Moreh College saw two people open fire on security vehicles and run into a cluster of houses.
Security personnel fired in retaliation and cordoned off the houses in the area.
“During the operation, the two suspicious individuals were chased and overpowered using minimal force and were detained for verification,” police said in a statement.
A pistol with two live rounds, a hand grenade, 10 live rounds of AK ammunition and 10 detonators were recovered from them, police said.
Following their arrest, a crowd reportedly gathered around the Moreh police station demanding their release.
The crowd was later dispersed by security forces.
Because of the renewed tension in the town, the Tengnoupal district administration has imposed total curfew in the entire district citing inputs of a “likelihood of breach of peace, disturbance of public tranquillity and grave danger to human lives and property”.
At the same time, people from the Meitei community who have been displaced from Moreh staged a protest at a relief camp in Imphal on Tuesday demanding that the arrested be handed over to the NIA.
The 3,000-odd Meitei residents of the town have fled from it since the conflict in the state began.

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