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Pre-poll violence, bandh hit Ukhrul
Correspondent UKHRUL, JUN 1 (NPN):
Published on 2 Jun. 2010 12:20 AM IST
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Pre-poll violence hit Ukhrul for the second consecutive day as two more houses belonging to Congress candidates of the Autonomous District Council (ADC) were vandalized by unidentified miscreants on Tuesday amidst 72-hour bandh called by the Tangkhul Coordination Committee (TCC) against holding the election.
A group of masked miscreants, armed with hammer and axes, numbering about 25 extensively damaged the house of Congress candidate LW Shangam, who has been elected unopposed from Choithar constituency, at Viewland Zone II here. The incident occurred at around 4.30pm.
Shangam, currently taking shelter in Imphal under tight security, is a former chairman of Ukhrul ADC. None of his family members were also present at the time of incident.
In another incident, the dwelling house of Congress candidate Z.V. Wungpam, also elected unopposed from Ukhrul South constituency, was vandalised again by masked miscreants at around 5.30 pm. His dwelling house, which actually belonged to his brother in-law Ninghor, was partially damaged in yesterday’s attack.
Ukhrul SP Kh. Suresh said arrest warrant would be issued against some people suspected to have a hand in the incidents. “In the next few days, the arrest warrant will be issued against some members of organisation boycotting the elections. The order will however come from higher authorities,” he said.
Meanwhile, life came to a standstill in Ukhrul town Tuesday with the imposition of 72-hour bandh from Monday midnight by the Tangkhul Coordination Committee (TCC) spearheading a boycott campaign against holding the Autonomous District Council (ADC) elections in the district.
Business establishments and educational institutions were totally shut down in Ukhrul town while the streets wore a deserted look as people largely kept indoors.
The attendance in many government offices was nil, except for mini-secretariat where a handful of employees were seen attending the office. Police said there were no reports of bandh related incidents.
Hundreds of volunteers supporting the bandh, some armed with lathis, were seen stationed at different crossing points. The bandh, however, passed off peacefully without any reports of violent incident. To thwart any unwanted incidents, the district administration had also deployed security personnel in the town.
In the second phase of ADC elections, the three districts including Ukhrul, Senapati and Tamenglong will go to polls tomorrow.

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