Manipur Election 2017: 8 injured in blast during repoll in Andro constituency
At least, eight BJP workers injured when Congress workers allegedly attacked them during re-polling in Andro constituency of Imphal East on Thursday.
Imphal: At least, eight BJP workers injured when Congress workers allegedly attacked them during re-polling in Andro constituency of Imphal East on Thursday. The incident took place near Itham Moirangpurel village around 8 am.
Re-polling was held at five polling booths falling under Andro constituency of Imphal East. Andro was one of the 38 constituencies which went to polls on 4 March in the first phase of Manipur Assembly elections.
Repolls were held on 34 polling stations in eight districts of Manipur on Thursday. One of the injured BJP workers, Thokchom Ningthem said the incident occurred when they went to inspect a booth at Itham Moirangpurel Tumukhong. He said some 10 Congress workers stopped and attacked them on their way using catapults and clubs before they were carried up to the top of a nearby hillock.
There the BJP workers were blindfolded and their hands tied behind their backs and brutally beaten up allegedly by the Congress workers.
A police team rescued them and brought to JNIMS hospital for treatment. Hospital sources said among the injured condition of the two was critical. They were identified as Nahakpam Rakesh of Yairipok Mathak Leikai and Mohd Abothem of Yairipok Changamdabi. Security has been tightened in the area following the incident, police sources said.
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