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ADC candidate kidnapped in Manipur; 85 taking asylum
Correspondent IMPHAL, MAY 18:
Published on 18 May. 2010 11:32 PM IST
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A candidate in the fray for the upcoming MDC (Manipur (Hills) District Council election in Manipur’s Chandel district has been kidnapped, official reports said Tuesday.
Meanwhile, a total of 85 candidates contesting the elections in ADCs in Naga dominated four hill districts of Senapati, Tamenglong, Chandel and Ukhrul have been taking asylum at the Youth Hostel and Youth Centre at Khuman Lampak, Imphal with the expired of the deadline to resign from candidature set by the United Naga Council on the midnight of May 17.
Congress candidate in 13-Vomku ADC constituency, S Benthung Anal of Analkhul village of Chandel district was kidnapped from his native village by miscreants on Sunday.
Police suspected the kidnappers to be cadres of NSCN (IM) in the connection with the UNC diktat to the candidates to withdraw their candidatures. But, no claim has been made so far by any of the armed groups.
After the kidnapping of the Congress candidate, eight other candidates of the party in the fray at different ADC constituencies have also left their respective homes, reports said.
Mention may be made that following received of threats as many as 85 candidates in the fray in ADC elections including two women in four districts were taking asylum at a secure place in Imphal provided by the government.
Thirty of the candidates taking asylum were from Tamenglong district, 26 from Senapati district, 24 including two women candidates from Ukhrul while the rest five from Chandel district.
Authority of the Manipur government, on the request of the candidates, arranged their shelters at SAI Youth Hostel and State Youth Centre at Khuman Lampak Sport Complex where personnel of the 2nd IRB is on guard round the clock.
Police is also providing additional security in and around the two lodgings, said police source adding that the number of the candidates taking asylum is likely to increase in the next few days.
The polling in the six district councils in five hill districts of Manipur, having 24-seat each, is going to be held in two phases on May 26 and June 2 next. Hectic preparations are on to conduct the election smoothly, officials at the state election department said.
Polling will be conducted in only 70 ADC constituencies out of total 144 constituencies as state election commission had declared candidates in 68 constituencies as elected contested while no candidate filed nomination in six constituencies, the source said.

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