A motorcycle being burnt down during the clashes in Chassad village of Manipur’s Kamjong district earlier this week Credit: File image

Imphal: The Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) on Wednesday warned the Manipur government of a total statewide shutdown from the midnight of March 20 if it fails to arrest the culprits involved in the recent Chassad violence in Kamjong district within 36 hours.

The announcement was made at a joint press conference of Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) and KSO’s general headquarters (GHQ) in Imphal on Wednesday.

Condemning the Chassad incident, the student body urged the state government to solve the issue by booking the culprits involved at the earliest.

A joint press conference of Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) and Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) GHQ being held in Imphal on Wednesday

KSO also cautioned of serious agitation in the form of a statewide strike if the government fails to book the attackers within the stipulated time, said reports.

As per reports, the student body also maintained that the recent fire incident does not arise out of a land dispute between two villages.

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If the violence was triggered from the unresolved land dispute between Chassad and Sampui villages, why did villagers of Kamjong partake in the incident, they questioned.

While urging the state government to extend aid to the affected families, the Kuki organisation also assured of maintaining peace in the area, so that the villagers of Chassad could rebuild their village, reports said.

The body also claimed the possession of still images as evidence of NSCN-IM cadres, both uniformed and non-uniformed, being involved in the violence on March 16, reports added.

According to the police, around 150 houses in Chassad village were affected in the incidents of arson on Monday. Violence was reportedly triggered by a land dispute between Chassad and Sampui villages in Kamjong district.

On Sunday, jhum fields of a local villager were burnt down by unknown miscreants in Chassad village. In retaliation, angry locals set an under-construction petrol pump on fire in Kamjong. Some workers at the petrol pump were also reportedly beaten up, said reports.

Moreover, due to roadblocks by Chassad locals, many passengers, both coming from Imphal and Kamjong, were forced to spend the night on the road. Unidentified youths also threw stones at village elders who were on their way for a meeting over the issue, leading to arson, said reports.

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