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Manipur violence: Chargesheet filed against 9 suspects in murder of Naga woman found dead

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The CBI has filed a charge-sheet against nine people for killing a 55-year-old Naga woman in Manipur’s Keibi hamlet on July 15. Current ethnic unrest in the state involves the majority Meitei community requesting Scheduled Tribe designation. The lawsuit began in May.

On Saturday, officials claimed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) charged nine persons with killing a 55-year-old Naga woman in Keibi village of Manipur on July 15 by a crowd during ethnic unrest.

In its Guwahati special CBI court charge sheet, the investigating agency accused them of the crime.

Around 100 individuals abducted a woman at Sawombung Gate in Manipur and drove her to Keibi village on July 15. The woman’s body was recovered at home the same day.

“A crowd of about 100 people, including armed miscreants, detained one female at Sawombung Gate at 12:10 pm on July 15, 2023, and took her to Keibi village in a car. CBI spokesperson: The female’s body was retrieved the same day.

The CBI took over the case from Lamlai police station in Imphal East at the Manipur government’s request. He added the investigation continues, including identifying other suspects.

From May 3, when a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ was held in the hill districts to oppose the dominant Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe status, ethnic violence in Manipur has killed several and injured several hundred. The majority of Manipur’s population, 53% Meiteis, dwell in the Imphal valley, while 40% tribals, including Nagas and Kukis, live in the hill regions.

Conclusion

The CBI has charged nine people for killing a 55-year-old Naga woman in Keibi village, Manipur, on July 15. Around 100 persons seized the woman at Sawombung Gate and drove her to Keibi village. The woman’s body was recovered at home the same day. Lamlai police station in Imphal East registered the case, but the Manipur government asked the CBI to take over. A ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ opposing the Meitei community’s quest for Scheduled Tribe recognition started ethnic violence in Manipur on May 3

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