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India: curfew after church attack

Rifts between the Meitei people and hill tribes, because of political issues, have been longstanding, but in a disagreement on 15 December over the formation of a new district in Lokchow, near Tengnoupal, three security personnel were killed by a Naga insurgency group and Meitei Hindus called a strike across Manipur.

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Tangkhul Baptist Church| photo: Daniel Chabungbam

On 17 December, locals attacked a church which is attended by a large Naga congregation, the Manipur Baptist Church Centre (MBCC). It was pelted with stones, glass was broken, and the gate was damaged. A poster was left, warning: ‘No one is allowed to worship and celebrate Christmas without prior permission.’