Imphal: Tension runs high in Manipur’s Kangpokpi district after an unarmed civilian, who was allegedly shot by personnel of 44 Assam Rifles, succumbed to his injuries on Saturday.

Sources said the incident happened on Friday when a team of 44 Assam Rifles posted at Gelnel village were on a Rope Operating Party (ROP) at Chalwa village and opened fire at an unarmed villager. Chalwa village is located in the interiors of Kangpokpi district along Imphal-Tamei Road.

The deceased person has been identified as Mangboilal Lhouvum of Chalwa village, a father of two children, and a daily-wage laborer who was making ends meets to sustain his family with great difficulty, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Lhouvum succumbed to his injuries while on his way to the district headquarters. The reason behind the firing is still unknown.

Angered by the incident, irate locals of Chalwa and its neighboring villages stormed the Assam Rifles camp on Saturday.

Just before he died, sources said, Lhouvum reportedly identified the shooter as one Major Alok of 44 Assam Rifles, who allegedly came armed in civilian clothing with four others. The personnel of Assam Rifles has been reportedly handed over to Kangpokpi Police Station.

However, till the time of filing this report, there was no official statement on the incident from the security force.

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