400 Churches Burned, 70 Christians Killed amid Ongoing Violence in Manipur, India

ChristianHeadlines.com reports: “A wave of violence in Manipur, India, continues to run rampant, with 400 churches being burned and more than 70 Christians killed.

According to The Christian Post, the predominantly Hindu Meitei community — Arambai Tengoll, also known as ‘black-shirts,’ and Meitei Leepun — were alleged to be responsible for the violence.

Earlier this month, violence broke out at the Imphal Valley and Churachandpur, resulting in at least four days of turmoil. Christian tribals associated with the Kuki-Zo communities reside in the Churachandpur.

As reported by The Indian Express, more than 1,000 weapons and 10,000 rounds of ammunition were stolen from the Manipur Police Training College, two local police stations, and an IRB battalion camp in Imphal by members of the Meitei ethnic group during the first few days of the violence.

At the time, 73 people, 64 of whom were Christian tribal residents, were killed, while 200 people were left injured. Over 1,700 residences were also damaged, destroyed, or set on fire. As a result, the turmoil forced 50,000 individuals to abandon their homes. Among those affected were about 35,000 belonging to Christian tribal communities…”

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