Manipur: 6 injured in clashes between campaign supporters

IMPHAL: At least six people were injured, many of them with pellet wounds, when supporters of two rival candidates for the coming Manipur assembly polls clashed in the Yairipok Yambem area of Imphal East district’s Andro constituency on Monday.Manipur will go to the polls next year for which canvassing has been stepped up mostly in the valley districts.The fight among the workers of former MLA of the constituency, Th Shyamkumar Singh, and L Sanjoy broke out when a poll meeting of the former and a poll rally of the latter were on.In the melee, five workers of Sanjoy and another worker of Shyamkumar were injured, a source said, adding they were rushed to the nearby government health centres. The injured are said to be out of danger, even as the police have registered a case to ascertain the veracity of the incident.Sanjoy alleged that Shyamkumar’s workers and security escorts fired at the civilians who were also holding a peaceful meeting and a campaign in broad daylight.Condemning the attack on his workers, Sanjoy appealed to chief minister N Biren Singh to look into the matter. He also appealed the people of Andro for a violence-free constituency.On the other hand, Shyamkumar’s workers claimed that their meeting was disrupted by Sanjoy’s workers as a result of which the confrontation broke out. They said the one, who was injured after being attacked by Sanjoy’s workers, is a simple person who does not join any poll activity. He is undergoing treatment in JNIMS hospital here, they added.An election-related violence also triggered at the Singjamei area of Imphal West district between workers NPP and BJP in on Saturday night , leaving many injured.

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