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New Delhi, Dec 9 -The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday issued notice to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, Manipur over an alleged killing of 13 persons in a gun fight in Tengnoupal district.

The Commission has sought a detailed report in the matter within two weeks. The report should include the status of the FIR registered by the police and steps taken by the State government to ensure that such incidents of violence do not take place anywhere in the State, NHRC said in a statement.

The Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that at least 13 people were killed in a gun fight in Manipur’s Leithao village near Saibol in the Tengnoupal district. Reportedly, the incident happened on December 4, it said.

The Commission has further observed that the reported loss of 13 human lives, that too in an area, which remained calm since the tension erupted in the State of Manipur in May this year, is indeed alarming and disturbing. The State of Manipur and its people have already suffered a lot. It is firmly reiterated that it is the duty of the State to protect the life and properties of its citizens both private and public and to promote fraternity and spirit of brotherliness amongst the communities, the statement said.