In a joint operation in central Manipur's Thoubal district, four insurgents were shot dead by security forces on Sunday. The insurgents reportedly belonged to the Kuki National Liberation Army.
The operation was launched by the security forces on Saturday, including troops of Assam Rifles and the Indian Army’s 3 Corps. The area was cordoned off before the operation started.
The origin of Kuki insurgent groups lies in the aspirations of the Kuki community to protect itself from other militant groups as well as the aftermath of the Kuki Naga and Kuki — Zomi ethnic clashes in 1997-98, as mentioned in the Indian Army's official website.
These groups are active in Northeast India and northwest Myanmar.
Meanwhile, Manipur is currently witnessing protests in different parts against the assassination of an influential tribal leader and activist Athuan Abonmai by insurgents on September 22.