Major fire breaks out in abandoned building near Manipur CM's bungalow

Major fire breaks out in abandoned building near Manipur CM's bungalow

Imphal | A major fire broke out at an abandoned building near the Manipur secretariat complex close to Chief Minister N Biren Singh's official bungalow here on Saturday evening, police said.

Three fire tenders were pressed into service and they put out the blaze within an hour, an official said.

No damage was caused to the chief minister's bungalow where security was tightened following the fire incident, officials said.

The reason for the fire in the private abandoned building is yet to be ascertained, an official said.

The building belonged to the family of late IAS officer T Kipgen, former chief secretary of Goa.

The house has been abandoned since violence broke out in Manipur last year, officials said.

Manipur has remained gripped by recurring bouts of violence since ethnic clashes between Kuki and Meitei communities erupted on May 3, 2023. Over 219 people have been killed in the violence.

Meiteis account for about 53 per cent of Manipur’s population and live mostly in the Imphal Valley, while tribals, which include Nagas and Kukis, constitute 40 per cent and reside mainly in the hill districts.

Two trucks carrying construction materials torched in Manipur

Imphal | A mob set on fire two trucks carrying construction materials in Manipur's Bishnupur district on Saturday, an official said.

Four trucks were stopped at Tronglaobi by locals who torched two of them while two others were saved by state and central forces.

Quoting the driver of one of the trucks, the official said the trucks were headed towards Churachandpur district to deliver materials required for constructing a bridge.

RAF personnel and additional state and central forces rushed to the spot and later brought the situation under control, he added.

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