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Video Of Tribal Man Set On Fire In Ethnic Violence-Hit Manipur Emerges On Social Media

The mobile internet continues to be blocked in Manipur since May 3, when ethnic violence between the tribal Kuki-Zo and the majority Meitei people erupted in the state.

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The horrific video of a tribal man being set in fire inside a trench has emerged from ethnic-violence hit Manipur.

A police official said the video appeared to be from early May and that they were investigating the case, reported The Hindu.

The report said the seven-second video, marked as “Kuki”, was shared on several WhatsApp groups in Manipur on October 8. 

The video shows a man, in a black T-shirt and camouflage trousers, lying in a trench. 

“The face has been bludgeoned and the body is on fire. It is not clear if the man was burnt alive,” the video showed.

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A representative of a Kuki-Zo organisation said they were trying to ascertain the identity of the person as during the violence, around five or six people from the community were said to have been burnt alive.

Meanwhile, the mobile internet continues to be blocked in Manipur since May 3, when ethnic violence between the tribal Kuki-Zo and the majority Meitei people erupted in the State.

It was briefly restored on September 23, before being blocked again after photos of the bodies of two Meitei students who went missing in July surfaced on social media on September 25, leading to massive protests in the Valley areas.

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Earlier, on July 19, the video appeared on social media which showed two women who were stripped and paraded by a mob. 

At least 175 people have been killed and 1,108 injured since the violence started on May 3 in Manipur. Thirty-two people are still missing in the State.

Opposition Expresses Resentment:

The Opposition has reacted strongly over the horrific video from violence-hit Manipur.

The Opposition Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) has said the incident “is extremely sad and shameful”.

“This is from Manipur!! Kuki tribal youth burnt alive in Manipur, The incident of passing away is extremely sad and shameful. Modi ji is expressing sorrow about the neighboring country but failed to Save Manipur..,” the INDIA wrote on X, formally Twitter, while sharing the blurred video clip.

INDIA bloc partner and Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Priyanka Chaturvedi also reacted to the incident.

“In yet another horrific video emerging from Manipur, the body of a tribal man is seen being set on fire in a trench. A police official said the video appeared to be from early May. The tragedy of Manipur is still not discussed&addressed. Priorities,” she wrote on X.
 

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