Dozens injured in Manipur poll-related violence

Correspondent IMPHAL, OCT 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/10/2021 1:03:50 PM IST

Dozens of people were hurt during a fight among the workers of rival political groups in poll-bound Manipur. The violent incidents were reported while BJP national president JP Nadda was in Imphal on his two-day visit to the State to kickoff the party’s election campaign.

As many as 10 people were injured when a group of armed miscreants opened fire at the residence of Manipur Pradesh Youth Congress Committee’s (MPYC) State coordinator Usham Manglem, who is also an aspiring candidate of the party, at Kairembikhok in Thoubal district on Saturday night.

Same number of people were also injured in another poll-related violence incident that occurred in Singjamei area of Imphal West district among workers and supporters of BJP and NPP on Saturday night.

In the first incident, armed miscreants opened several rounds of fire at a poll-related gathering at the residence of MPYC coordinator around 8 p.m.

After the firing, a large number supporters allegedly of a political party stormed the residence and assaulted the people there. At least 10 people sustained bullet injuries, while many others suffered minor injuries in the confrontation that followed the firing, reports said.

Manglem, the aspiring Congress candidate from Wangjing Tench Assembly constituency, alleged that the attackers were supporters of a rival party.

Meanwhile, several people were injured in a clash in Singjamei area of Imphal West district around 9 pm on Saturday.The clash erupted after a group of people, alleged to be BJP supporters, tried to stop hoisting of NPP flags at road median of NH-102 in connection with opening of a party office at Singjamei.

The situation was, however, brought under control by the police who rushed to the spot.

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