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Churachandpur, Manipur, limps back to normal after a tribal body lifts the “total shutdown.”

Following the lifting of the “total shutdown” in the southern district by the Indigenous Tribal Leaders Forum (ITLF) on Saturday, the situation in Churachandpur town, Manipur, which saw two fatalities in a clash with security forces two days earlier following a mob’s incursion into the mini-secretariat to protest the suspension of a constable, returned to normal, according to officials.

According to them, markets and commercial enterprises have reopened, and schools have reopened.

The Kuki Student Organization (KSO) and other student organizations in the district have implemented an indefinite “public curfew” that runs from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

According to authorities, there are still sporadic gunshot occurrences coming from the hill district’s outlying towns that border the valley.

A crowd had stormed Churachandpur town’s mini-secretariat on Thursday night in protest of the constable’s suspension.

Constable Siamlalpaul was suspended after his appearance in an allegedly leaked video with armed guys.

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Reports surfaced of properties being destroyed or set on fire in and near the Churachandpur district mini-secretariat region.

Around one in the morning on Friday, the enraged crowd also set fire to the deputy commissioner’s official apartment.

Demands have been made by the ITLF for the removal of DC S Dharun Kumar and district SP Shivanand Surve and their replacement with “officers, preferably from Kuki Zo community.”

Additionally, the ITLF issued a warning, stating that “all government offices shall be closed” and that the DC and SP would be held “liable for any untoward incidents that may fall on them” if policeman Siamlalpaul’s suspension was not lifted.

The ITLF called for a complete closure of Churachandpur on Friday, leaving the streets and marketplaces looking vacant.

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