Heavy firing at candidate�s residence
Source: The Sangai Express

Ukhrul, February 23: Heavy firing took place in and around the Ucheckon residence of Thokchom Ajit who contested in the second phase of the State Assembly election from Thongju AC as independent candidate.

Four persons including three women have arrested by the police in connection with the incident.

According to information received by the press, a group of people consisting men and women came to the residence of Ajit at around 10 am today and they started searching each and every room without saying anything while making calls on their mobile phones to some people.

Since many people are always present in the house, at first the family members did not pay much attention to the activities of the alleged intruders.

But after some time, because of their suspicious nature people demanded to know their identities and intention of coming there.

Instead of identifying themselves, the intruders, however, took to their heels and people chased after them.

After having fled for some distance, the fleeing intruders fired towards the chasing people from what it looked like AK Rifles and it was followed by sounds of firing from the side of the candidate�s residence.

With earlier two instances of placing bombs and firing at the residence of the candidate which has caused fear and panic among the family members well as other visitors, the escort personnel of the candidate retaliated the firing.

A large number of local people specially Meira Paibis who rushed in on hearing the sounds of firing from various sides managed to haul up four persons including three women.

On hearing the report of the incident, a large enforcement of Imphal West District Police Commandos and personnel from Irilbung Police Station also rushed in and took into custody the four rounded up persons.

Firing from the fleeing intruders at an escort personnel of the candidate who had gone out to the paddy field located on the north side of the residence also led to exchange of firing with the commandos.

There is no report of any casualty in the today�s firing incident.