Tension grips Nambol, Sugnu after poll violences
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, January 27: While election campaigning has reached feverish pitch information culled by the press indicate that tension is simmering at Nambol and Sugnu assembly constituencies following incidents of poll-related skirmishes even as the State unit Rashtriya Janata Party has asserted it will apprise authorities concerned for appropriate measures/actions.

As pre-emptive steps to contain recurrence of violence in Nambol AC Bishnupur district administration has clamped restriction at Leimapokpam area by imposing CrPC 144 while the district police have registered case in connection with a poll-related violence that took place yesterday.

Violence of stone throwing and burning of house reportedly took place at Leimapokpam under Nambol AC after scuffles broke out between supporters of Congress and Samajwadi Party.

According to police source, political workers of the two exchanged blows during an election campaign at around 11 am consequently resulting in the down of a house belonging to one Maibam Yaima - said to be elder brother of Samajwadi Party nominee M Bijoy - in addition to the candidate�s own house attacked with stones.

After the locals prevented security personnel from entering the trouble site police resorted to blank firing to disperse the mob and bring the situation under control, the source said.

The district�s DC and SP also rushed to Leimapokpam area to assess the situation before issuing orders for imposition of CrPC 144 and deployment of police and BSF personnel at the residence of M Bijoy.

Some political workers sustained injuries in the conflict, the source added.

On the otherhand, State president of RJD Wahengbam Nipamacha has asserted that an incident of armed personnel allegedly causing panic during the flag hoisting ceremony of party nominee for Sugnu assembly constituency Kh Iboyaima would be intimated to relevant authorities for appropriate action.

Speaking to media persons here today, the former Chief Minister contended that some security personnel in IRB uniform came in two maruti Gypsys and resorted to indiscriminate firing thereby causing the panicky situation among the public who had gathered for the flag hoisting ceremony on January 25 at the candidate�s Wangoo Tera Lupa Marup residence.

The matter would be put up before the Chief Election Officer and Director General of Police for perusal and necessary action, Nipamacha informed in addition to claiming that soon after the firing incident some Congress workers barged into the ceremony venue and scattered eatables being prepared for the purpose.

The RJD leader further maintained that DGP would be approached to investigate whether the retrieved empty cases and arm used in the incident belong to private individual or was issued to the security force.

Joining the media briefing, Kh Iboyaima opined that the incident has undoubtedly brought to light the ruling front�s failure to honour the election code of conduct and using Government machinery to its advantage by causing fear and apprehension among supporters of opponent candidates.

Reacting to news report that RJD supporters had assaulted Congress workers, Iboyaima dismissed the report as one sided and called upon media personnel to make spot inspection for ascertaining whether allegation that house of a Congress worker was damaged by RJD supporters or not.