Fresh Communal Clash in Churachandpur Sparks District-Wide Restrictions: 30 Injured, Section 144 Imposed

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Fresh Communal Clash in Churachandpur Sparks District-Wide Restrictions: 30 Injured, Section 144 Imposed
Churachandpur district police and Rapid Action Force step in, deploying tear gas shells to control the situation. Injuries reported on both sides, with four Zomis and two Kukis affected
Churachandpur, December 19, 2023 - A tumultuous clash between the Kuki and Zomi communities unfolded in and around Thingkangphi village, leaving approximately 30 individuals injured on Monday night. Responding swiftly, the Churachandpur district administration imposed Section 144(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) for a two-month period until February 18, 2024, to quell the escalating tension.

Triggered Conflict: Unraveling the Events

The clash erupted when members of the Zomi community attempted to affix a flag at a memorial stone in Thingkangphi village around 9:15 pm on Monday, provoking a violent confrontation with the Kukis. Authorities reported that the situation quickly escalated, prompting the intervention of Churachandpur district police and the Rapid Action Force.

Police Intervention and Injuries

Efforts to contain the clash involved the use of tear gas shells by law enforcement, resulting in injuries to four Zomis and two Kukis. Additionally, approximately 25 individuals from both communities sustained injuries in the aftermath of the tear gas shell firing. Prompt medical attention was provided as the injured were rushed to the Churachandpur district hospital for treatment.
District Magistrate Imposes Section 144: A Bid for Control

In response to the prevailing unrest, Dharun Kuma, IAS District Magistrate of Churachandpur district, exercised his authority under Section 144(2) CrPC 1973. The prohibitory order, effective from December 18, 2023, to February 18, 2024, empowers the authorities to restrict public gatherings of five or more persons and prohibits the possession of arms, sticks, swords, chemicals, or any other lethal weapons.

Exemptions and Enforcement

While the order applies broadly to the entire area, encompassing Thingkangphi village and its environs, certain exemptions have been made for government agencies involved in law enforcement, maintaining order, and ensuring essential services.

As the region grapples with the aftermath of this communal clash, the imposition of Section 144 seeks to restore peace and prevent further escalation, prioritizing the safety and security of the residents of Churachandpur district. Authorities will closely monitor the situation, and residents are urged to comply with the imposed restrictions for the well-being of the community.