Serial strikes make parties jittery
Aiyar, BJP urge Governor to provide more security to their candidates

Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, February 05: Consequent upon the attack at the residence of ex-minister M Oken Singh at Heirok killing two persons including on Saturday, unidentified gunmen struck again at the residences of two candidates and an MSCP supporter in separate incidents since yesterday.

However there is no report of any casualty in the attacks.

Armed assailants fired some rounds at the residence of Irengbam Hemochandra, former minister and son of former Home Minister of the State late I Tompok at Singjamei at around 12.30 last night.

The security escorts of the FPM candidate in Singjamei Ac also retaliated the fire.

However, no one was injured in the incident.

On the other hand unidentified gunmen continued the attack at the residence of Congress candidate in Wangjing Tentha constituency Sapam Suresh at Tekcham Mamang Leikai striking for the second time at around 1.30 am this morning.

Reports said that security escorts of the candidate returned the fire at the attack mounted by around 30-40 gunmen.

The encounter lasted for around twenty minutes.

However no one was injured in the incident.

The gunmen escaped under the cover of darkness.

It may be recalled that the residence of S Suresh had earlier came under attacked on January 30 last.

One worker was injured in the attack.

Later today a public rally was taken out against the attack in Tekcham area.

In another incident occurring in the volatile Nambol constituency, unidentified gunmen attacked the residence of an MSCP worker, Laishram Sorojini Devi at Nambol Sabal Leikai at around 9.30 last night.

Police sources said that there was no casualty in the attack.

Meanwhile in view of the serial attacks on Congress candidates, party MP Mani Shankar Aiyar today met State Governor Ved Marwah at the Raj Bhavan and urged him to provide more number of security escorts to its candidates.

Aiyar who is here to campaign for his party told this reporter that during the hour long meeting, the Governor was apprised of the attacks and urged to provide additional security escorts to its candidates.

The incidents would alert the administration to take up adequate security measures for free and fair polls, he said.

The BJP Manipur Pradesh also demanded adequate security cover for seven candidates of the party.