Manipur Election 2017: Three people injured as spate of pre-poll violence increases

In Khundrakpam Assembly constituency, a police team was attacked by villagers and two jeeps were vandalised on Monday.

Amukhomba Ngangbam February 28, 2017 19:56:57 IST
Manipur Election 2017: Three people injured as spate of pre-poll violence increases

Imphal: With only five days left for the Manipur Assembly Poll, series of pre-poll violence have witnessed in several parts of the state.

On Tuesday, at least three people got injured in a pre-poll clash between the supporters of NCP candidate MI Khan and Independent candidate Md Nasiruddin (Boboy) in Keirao Assembly constituency under Irilbung police station.

Manipur Election 2017 Three people injured as spate of prepoll violence increases

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The clash was a fallout of Monday night’s incident in which some supporters of Khan allegedly vandalised two vehicles of the workers belonging to Nasiruddin.

The injured are identified as Md Alimuddin(20), Md Salman Khan(24) and Md Manisana(35) of Keirao. They sustained bullet injuries in the incident.

In Khundrakpam Assembly constituency, a police team was attacked by villagers and two jeeps were vandalised on Monday.

“An intelligence input was received saying Khogen, a police sub-inspector has live bullets in his house. During the inquiry, an unruly mob attacked the police party,” an official said."

“Police had to resort to tear gas and firing of rubber bullets to disperse the mob,” the official said. Some people, including a seven-month-old baby, were injured in the police action. The Congress committee of the Khundrakpam constituency in a statement said the party had no hand in the incident.

Villagers said there was a political motive behind the attempt to arrest Khogen, adding that nothing incriminating was found.

Besides, the police commandos, who failed to produce a warrant of arrest, also allegedly refused to issue an arrest memo, the villagers said.

Meanwhile, some youths, who identified themselves as members of an insurgents outfit, had left a bullet with John Maibam, a worker of the North East India Development Party in the Wangkhem constituency. The youths reportedly told him that if he ignored the warning to not work for the party, he will face dire consequences. There were increasing reports of pre-poll clashes from other constituencies as well.

On the other hand, some candidates from remote hill areas cannot go to their respective constituencies and were carrying on the election campaign through some hardcore supporters. Most of them have escaped assassination attempts in the past.

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