Nine houses belonging to the Autonomous District Council (ADC) candidates were damaged by masked miscreants in and around Ukhrul town Monday, plunging it deeper into a state of tension as shops and business establishment had since morning, downed shutters.
Police said the incidents occurred Monday afternoon when masked miscreants armed with hammers and heavy objects stormed the residential houses of ADC candidates in different localities in Ukhrul town. Eight houses which are believed to belong to Congress candidates and one independent candidate were badly damaged and properties worth few lakhs rupees were destroyed.
The eight Congress candidates, whose houses and properties were damaged included ZV Wungpam (Ukhrul South constituency), M Ningtam (Chingai), RK Star (Kachai), K Ahao (Chingjaroi), Ngashanchui (Halang), P Leishishan (Khayang), Peter Ragui (Ukhrul), Pamreiyo (Kamjong) and independent candidate Somi (Chingai).
However, none of the candidates were present in the houses at the time of the incidents. The candidates are presently housed under heavy security cover at Youth Hostel in Imphal.
Miscreants who attacked a house probably believed it belonged to Congress candidate R.K.Star but it actually belonged to his brother, Major R.K.Reisangmi, a deputy commandant in the Assam Rifles.
Incidentally, the house in which ZV Wungpam of Sirarakhong village resides which was also destroyed by the miscreants belonged to his wife’s brother Ninghor. “Seven masked youths came at around 3.30pm and began breaking down the house,” said his grieving wife ZV Ruth.
Similarly, the house which miscreants also destroyed die not belong to K.Ahao of CHingjaroi village but belonged to his daughter Shangamla. The miscreants destroyed a TV set, radio, refrigerator, oven, furniture and totally dismantled the house.
Immediately after the incidents, Ukhrul SP Kh Suresh rushed to different localities where the attacks took place and took stock of the situation. “A group of masked miscreants, suspected to be activists protesting against the ADC elections, destroyed the houses belonging to different candidates,” Suresh told Nagaland Post.
In this connection, the SP said an FIR would be lodged immediately after receiving the spot investigations. “The district SDPO and OC has been deputed to take up spot investigation in different areas,” he added.
In Ukhrul district, 29 polling stations in four ADC constituencies namely 3 Chingai, 13 Shangshak, 21 Shingkap and 23 Kasom Khullen go to the polls on June 2. Five companies of Border Security Forces (BSF), 150 police personnel and 150 Manipur Rifles recruits have been deployed in the district.
The polls are being opposed by the United Naga Council and All Naga Students’ Association of Manipur who have called for total boycott of the polls. In Ukhrul, the Tangkhul Coordination Committee (TCC) is spearheading the boycott call against the elections.
TCC president N Solomon denied any hand in Monday’s incident. “We have no knowledge about whatever has happened in Ukhrul,” he said.