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At least four persons, including a woman, were injured as exchanges of fires were reported at some places on the hill-valley borders of the strife-torn Manipur.

The cross-firing incidents were reported even as Manipur governor Anusuiya Uikey visited relief camps opened at various places in Churachandpur and Bishnupur districts and interacted with the displaced people taking shelter at various camps on June 12.

In one of the gunfights reported at Khamenlok, a place located at the border between Imphal East and Kangpokpi, at least four persons sustained bullet injuries, reports said.

All the injured persons were rushed to hospitals in Imphal, it added.

The gunfight reportedly erupted after youth of Nongshum village protecting their village with arms retaliated when a group of suspected militants came down from the hill sides and opened fire toward the village at around 9 am on June 12.

On receiving the news a combined team of state police commandos and paramilitary forces rushed to the spot and engaged in the gunfight with the suspected militants.

There were no reports of casualty on either side till the time of filing this report.

Reinforcement teams of Gorkha Regiment that rushed to the site faced resistances from the womenfolk of Keibi and Taret Khun villages who blocked the road.

In their bid to disperse the crowd, the security forces opened fire with some rounds of guns in the air.

On hearing the news of the gunfight, a large number of womenfolk of Khurai area of Imphal East came out of the street along the main roads and blocked the roads to disrupt the movement of central security forces.

The gun firing was reported while governor Anusuiya Uikey was visiting the relief camp at Churachandpur district headquarters and Moirang area of Bishnupur district.

On the way back from visiting the relief camps in Churachandpur, the Governor also visited the relief camps at Moirang and other camps opened on the side of the Tidim Road (Imphal-Churachandpur road)

The Governor is the chairperson of the Peace Committee which was constituted by the Central government to help establish peace, social and communal harmony among various ethnic groups and promote a sense of security in the general public.

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