Utpal Parashar

Utpal is a Senior Assistant Editor based in Guwahati. He covers seven states of North-East India and heads the editorial team for the region. He was previously based in Kathmandu, Dehradun and Delhi with Hindustan Times.

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Vehicles in army camo, fake police IDs trigger alarm in Manipur

Manipur Police has warned against fake police IDs, while Assam Rifles have lodged a police complaint against people painting the same model of a pick-up truck in colours reserved for armed forces

Manipur has been in the throes of ethnic violence between Meiteis and Kukis for more than five months, with around 176 people having been killed and nearly 50,000 displaced (PTI)
Published on Sep 23, 2023 12:04 AM IST
By, Guwahati

Day after unrest in Imphal, five booked under UAPA given bail

The five accused were released on bail after furnishing a personal bond of ₹50,000 and a surety of the like amount

A mob tries to storm police stations in a bid to rescue the five arrested men, on Thursday. (Babie Shirin/HT)
Published on Sep 23, 2023 12:02 AM IST

Mobs try to storm Imphal Valley police stations to rescue 5 men arrested by cops

Protesters were demanding the release of five Meitei men arrested by the police for carrying sophisticated weapons and donning camouflage uniform

Women protesters during the 48-hour bandh in Imphal earlier this week. (AFP)
Updated on Sep 21, 2023 08:49 PM IST

Manipur sets up committee to investigate soldier’s killing

Sepoy Serto Thangthang Kom (41) was abducted by militants from his home in front of his son. His body was found on Sunday with a gunshot wound to the head

Manipur governor forms committee to probe into the abduction and murder of an off-duty soldier. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 12:12 AM IST
By, Guwahati

Manipur violence: Assailants using forces' uniform poses new challenge

An Indian Army official aware of developments in Manipur said, “It is true that assailants have started misusing uniforms of police and security forces.”

At least 175 people have been killed in ethnic clashes so far (AP)
Updated on Sep 16, 2023 02:51 AM IST
By, Guwahati

Ruckus in Assam assembly over ‘ 10-cr subsidy’ to Himanta’s wife

Sarma posted several posts on X that sought to clarify that neither his wife nor the company she is associated with received any financial subsidies

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma addresses a press conference, in Guwahati, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023. (PTI Photo) (PTI09_06_2023_000123B) (PTI)
Published on Sep 15, 2023 12:57 AM IST

Ruckus in Assam assembly over ‘ 10 cr’ Central govt subsidy to CM’s wife

Will retire from public life is allegations are correct, says CM Sarma; wife threatens to file defamation case against Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (File Photo)
Published on Sep 14, 2023 07:11 PM IST

Gogoi says Himanta’s wife got 10-cr subsidy, CM dismisses charge

Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi accused Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma's wife's company of receiving a ₹10 crore subsidy, triggering a Twitter spat. Sarma denied the allegations, stating that his wife and her company have not received any subsidies. Gogoi countered by sharing a link to the food processing ministry website that listed the company and the subsidy.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa said that neither his wife nor the company she is associated with has ever received any financial subsidies from the Centre (PTI)
Updated on Sep 14, 2023 12:24 AM IST
By, Guwahati

Manipur cop killed in fresh flare-up

Unidentified militants shot dead a Manipur Police sub-inspector and injured two other civilians in Churachandpur district on Wednesday afternoon, officials said, bringing the toll in the strife-torn state to 169

Ongmang Haokip, a sub-inspector in Manipur Police posted at Chingphei, was killed by a bullet to the head around 1.30pm on Wednesday. (AFP)
Updated on Sep 14, 2023 12:11 AM IST

Cop shot dead, two others injured in Manipur’s Churachandpur

It’s the third incident of violence this month in the strife-torn Manipur in which deaths have taken place

Manipur has been rocked by ethnic clashes between Meitei and tribal Kuki communities since May 3 (File Photo)
Updated on Sep 13, 2023 07:36 PM IST

Assam CM’s wife received subsidy from Centre, alleges Congress; Himanta refutes

Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi took to X (formerly Twitter) accusing the chief minister’s wife of obtaining a substantial Rs.10 crore credit-linked subsidy under the ‘Kisan Sampada scheme’.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (File Photo)
Updated on Sep 13, 2023 03:57 PM IST

3 killed as violence rocks strife-torn Manipur again

The incident took place around 8.30am between the villages of Ireng and Karam Vaiphei in Kanggui area of the district

Manipur has been in the throes of clashes since May 3, killing at least 168 people. (REUTERS)
Published on Sep 13, 2023 12:18 AM IST

Fresh violence in strife-torn Manipur, 3 shot dead

Central agencies warned Manipur police in July to be alert about miscreants who had sourced police and security forces uniforms to masquerade as security personnel and fuel violence

Since May 3, when ethnic violence broke out between Meitei and Kuki communities, at least 162 people have died. (Reuters)
Published on Sep 12, 2023 12:31 PM IST

‘Last remaining’ Kukis evicted from their homes in Imphal

Thousands of Kukis residing in Imphal Valley have fled to tribal-dominated hills after ethnic clashes broke out in the northeastern state on May 3.

Thousands of Kukis residing in Imphal Valley have fled to tribal-dominated hills after ethnic clashes broke out (File Photo)
Updated on Sep 03, 2023 10:01 AM IST

Premises of Kuki professor’s two Meitei lawyers vandalised

Two lawyers in Imphal, India were attacked and their homes vandalized by a group of unidentified people. The lawyers had represented a Kuki professor in court.

Premises of Kuki professor’s two Meitei lawyers vandalised
Updated on Sep 03, 2023 04:56 AM IST

Mob vandalises Meitei lawyers’ houses in Imphal for representing Kuki professor

The Singamei police station has registered a case and stated in its report that nearly 300/400 people had stormed the house of the lawyer “as news spread that he (Chittaranjan)” was the counsel “of a Kuki community case in Manipur High Court in connection with ongoing communal clashes between Meitei and Kuki community”

The office chamber of Imphal lawyer Soraisham Chittaranjan after it was vandalised on Friday (HT Photo/Sourced)
Updated on Sep 02, 2023 06:01 PM IST

Manipur violence: 6 feared killed as gun battle enters third day

A fierce gunfight between Meitei and Kuki groups on the border between Bishnupur and Churachandpur districts continued for a third day on Thursday.

A man stands amid the charred remains of houses burned down, during the ongoing ethnic violence, in Imphal on August 27. (AFP)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 09:23 AM IST
By, , New Delhi/guwahati:

Manipur: Kuki body calls for shutdown in Churachandpur after fresh violence

Six people have been killed in gunfights between Meitei and Kuki groups since Tuesday in strife-torn Manipur, taking the death toll in a fresh round of violence since August 29 to eight

Ethnic violence since May 3 has claimed over 160 lives in Manipur (File Photo)
Updated on Aug 31, 2023 08:36 PM IST

Fresh violence, loot of arms rock Manipur before assembly session

Fresh violence in Imphal, Manipur, has seen three houses burned down and assault rifles stolen from security personnel, creating tension in the state ahead of an assembly session. The violence comes in the wake of clashes between the Meitei and Kuki communities that have resulted in 155 deaths and 50,000 displaced people. The violence first broke out after tribal groups protested against a proposed change to the state's reservation matrix, granting Scheduled Tribe status to the Meitei community.

A man stands amid the charred remains of houses burned down, in Imphal on Sunday (AFP)
Updated on Aug 28, 2023 12:08 AM IST

Manipur: 3 houses burned, weapons snatched in separate incidents in Imphal

Security forces had to fire several rounds of tear gas shells to disperse a crowd that had gathered and wanted to enter the area.

A candle-light protest in Imphal on Saturday against the ethnic violence in Manipur. (AFP)
Updated on Aug 28, 2023 01:20 AM IST

‘Old vs new’ rift brewing in Assam BJP ahead of Lok Sabha polls

Several leaders who have been associated with the saffron party for many decades feel they are being overlooked and sidelined. In recent days, some of them have publicly stated that the newcomers aren’t serious about BJP’s ideologies but are getting more prominence

Bharatiya Janata Party (Representative Photo)
Updated on Aug 27, 2023 03:14 PM IST

Assam reorganises districts after delimitation; 4 new districts created

The new sub-districts will become operational from January 1, 2024, but notification regarding their creation will be issued within the next few days, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (File Photo)
Updated on Aug 25, 2023 07:32 PM IST

‘Lack of evidence’: HC acquits 5 convicted for 2004 Assam blast

The HC held that the trial court held the accused guilty “based on suspicion and speculation, not supported by the evidence adduced by the prosecution witness”

The blast claimed 13 lives including 10 children and left 20 others injured (Representative photo)
Updated on Aug 25, 2023 12:34 AM IST
ByUtpal Parashar/Biswa Kalyan Purkayastha, Guwahati/silchar

Manipur Cabinet again approves convening of assembly session on Aug 29

The monsoon session of the Manipur assembly could not be convened on August 21 for the want of governor Anusuiya Uikey’s approval amid safety concerns of Kuki lawmakers

Governor Anusuiya Uikey. (Twitter)
Updated on Aug 22, 2023 01:19 PM IST

Manipur tribal body reimposes blockade on national highways after flare-up

A prominent Kuki community group on Monday clamped a blockade of two arterial national highways in Manipur that is likely to severely crimp the supply of goods and essentials to the state capital Imphal.

Women stage a demonstration, demanding restoration of peace in violence-hit Manipur, in Imphal on August 11. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 21, 2023 11:53 PM IST
By, Guwahati

Manipur: Kuki group reimposes blockade of NH-2, NH-37 leading to Imphal Valley

The blockade of the two crucial national highways could severely affect supply of goods and essentials to the Meitei-dominated Imphal Valley

Security personnel fire tear gas shells to disperse those protesting for withdrawal of central forces, in Imphal East on August 16. (AFP photo)
Updated on Aug 21, 2023 08:01 PM IST

Kuki groups protest killing, demand re-imposition of AFSPA in parts of Manipur

The recent killing once against shattered the tenuous peace that lasted for nearly two weeks in Manipur which has been witnessing ethnic clashes.

Friday’s violence marked the first killings in the state in 13 days (File Photo)
Updated on Aug 20, 2023 10:07 AM IST

3 killed as ambush ends Manipur’s fragile peace

This is the first killing in the state since August 5, when five people — three Meiteis and two Kukis — were killed in separate incidents of shooting

People during a protest march against the violence, on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 19, 2023 01:14 AM IST

ULFA pro-talk faction to resume peace talks with Centre today

In April this year, the Centre sent a draft agreement to the pro-talks faction. This was the first such draft prepared after the group gave up violence in 2011 and agreed to sit for talks without any pre-condition

Anup Chetia, general secretary of the pro-talks faction of ULFA (File Photo)
Updated on Aug 18, 2023 12:30 PM IST

Renewed violence in Manipur as 3 members of Kuki community killed

Ukhrul SP said that the security measures have been beefed up and joint operations by state police and the Indian Army are underway to nab those involved.

According to police, the incident took place around 4:30am at Thouwai Kuki, a village inhabited by Kuki tribals. (AFP file photo)
Updated on Aug 18, 2023 10:46 AM IST
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