Manipur candidates face attacks ahead of elections

Posted By: Gulam Rabbani
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Imphal, March 3: With just a day before the Manipur elections, candidates had been facing attacks irrespective of their parties. The Imphal police on Thursday said that some unidentified people were targetting these candidates, and suspect that the political party rivals are behind the attacks.

A powerful bomb was detonated at tribal politician K Leisho's house at Langol near Imphal at 5:10 pm on Thursday, police said. Though his family members and supporters had a narrow escape, eight persons including a woman were injured by shrapnel.

Manipur candidates face attacks ahead of elections

In another incident, some unidentified persons opened fire at the house of Yumkham Erabot, a Congress leader and now a BJP candidate at 3:20 am on the same day. However, there were no casualties.

A China-made hand-grenade was also lobbed at Congress candidate RK Imo's house in the Sagolband constituency. There were no casualties.

There were reports of attacks on the houses of some other candidates too. Cars and other property was damaged in stone pelting.

In view of the violent atmosphere, the Election Commission is using 280 personnel of the central paramilitary forces on election duty.

To check possible influx of foreigners from Myanmar, the district magistrate of border district Chandel has imposed night curfew along the international border. The police said that the night curfew shall remain in force till March 11, the day of counting of votes. Manipur votes in two phases, on March 4 and 8.

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