Manipur: Assam Rifles jawan kills self after injuring six colleagues in firing

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What happened?

A jawan of the Assam Rifles allegedly opened fire at six of his colleagues before shooting himself dead in Manipur on Wednesday. The incident took place in an Assam Rifles battalion deployed near the Indo-Myanmar border in south Manipur’s Chandel district. All the six injured soldiers are non-natives of Manipur and have been evacuated to a military hospital for further treatment.

Why did it happen?

The motive behind the jawan’s action is not clear yet. According to sources, the jawan had returned from his home in Churachandpur district after leave and picked up a weapon on Wednesday morning. He then fired at his colleagues and killed himself. The Assam Rifles has ordered a court of inquiry into the incident and assured that appropriate action will be taken against the guilty.

How did it affect the situation in Manipur?

The shooting incident has raised concerns over the security situation in Manipur, which has been witnessing ethnic strife and violence for decades. The state has been under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) since 1980, which gives the security forces sweeping powers to arrest, search and shoot anyone. The Assam Rifles, which is the oldest paramilitary force in India, is responsible for guarding the Indo-Myanmar border and maintaining law and order in the state.

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However, the Assam Rifles has clarified that the incident is not related to the ongoing ethnic conflict in the state and that it should not be correlated with the polarisation of society. The force has also stated that all its battalions have mixed class composition, including those belonging to various communities from Manipur, and that all personnel have been staying and operating together to maintain peace and stability in the state.

What is the reaction of the people and the government?

The shooting incident has shocked and saddened the people of Manipur, who have expressed their condolences to the families of the deceased and the injured soldiers. The Chief Minister of Manipur, N Biren Singh, has condemned the incident and said that such acts of violence are unacceptable and unpardonable. He has also assured that the state government will provide all possible assistance to the injured soldiers and their families.

The incident has also drawn the attention of the central government, which has sought a detailed report from the Assam Rifles and the state government. The Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, has expressed his grief over the incident and said that he is in touch with the Assam Rifles Director General and the Manipur Chief Minister. He has also prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured soldiers.

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