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Fresh violence in Manipur: School set ablaze in Moreh, houses gutted in Jiribam

Imphal, June 13: A school building at T Motha near Moreh, a border town of Manipur, was set ablaze by unknown assailants on Wednesday while abandoned houses and shops were set on fire in Kalinagar, Jiribam district, as the state experienced fresh spate of violence since last week after the recovery of the beheaded body of a missing person on June 6, triggering a fresh bout of violence and forcing over 1,000 people to flee to safer places in Assam and other parts of the Jiribam area.
According to people aware of the matter, at around 9pm on Wednesday, unknown assailants set fire to the newly constructed building of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya near Moreh town, which is yet to be inaugurated.
Moreh is also one of the largest commercial hubs of Manipur, which has been shut down since the outbreak of violence that erupted from Churachandpur district on May 3, 2023.
According to the people, Border Security Force (BSF) jawans had planned to establish a post at the newly constructed JNV building, T Motha, a village largely inhabited by the Anal community. The village is located just opposite an Assam Rifles post.
Moreh town, located on the Indo-Myanmar border, has been a hot spot for illegal infiltrators for many years. Reports suggest that many armed groups from Myanmar are staying at various locations in and around Moreh town, particularly in Sahei, Haolenphai, T Minou, Govajang, B Bongjang, and others.
Following the arson incident, villagers in the surrounding areas blocked all roads leading to JNV, T Motha, with logs to prevent the security forces from reaching the spot. However, the 5th Assam Rifles post, which is located just opposite the school, remained a silent spectator instead of taking the necessary steps to extinguish the fire.
Additionally, three houses and one shop were set on fire in Kalinagar, Jiribam district, Manipur on Wednesday night. According to the police, the shop belonged to a member of the Hmar community.
The police said the incident took place at around 10:30pm and due to the quick response of the district police, the fire was extinguished. Later, at around 1:30am on Thursday, three abandoned houses located in the same area were set on fire by unknown assailants, but the fire was later extinguished. (Courtesy: HT)