Poll related violence continues in Manipur

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Manipur poll violence | Photo Courtesy: TNIE

Several houses and vehicles were vandalized in poll-related violence incidents reported in Thoubal and Kakching districts of Manipur where voting will take place in the second phase on March 5.

Local reports said that besides firing several rounds of guns, petrol bombs were also lobbed at some houses in the violence incidents involving threatening of workers of candidates in the two districts on March 2 night.

The poll-related violence incidents were reported even as only two days are left to go to the second and final phase election to the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly.

In one of the violence incidents reported in Sugnu constituency of Kakching district on March 2 night, around 10.30 pm, workers and supporters of a candidate smashed some vehicles, the reports said. Several vehicles were smashed in the attack on the polling camp and house of a rival candidate.

The attackers also allegedly fired several rounds of guns. However, there were no reports of human casualty in the incidents.

In another poll-related violence incident, as many as five houses in Wangjing-Tencha constituency were reportedly attacked with gunshots, stones and other deadly weapons on March 2 night, around 11.30 pm.

In yet another poll-related incident in the same constituency, two houses were damaged after miscreants attacked with petrol bombs in today in the wee hours, the reports also said. Timely intervention by the villagers saved the houses from burning down completely.

In Heirok constituency, three shops belonging to the active workers of a candidate were reportedly vandalized by miscreants at Kakmayai village on March 2 night, around 10.30 pm. While vandalizing the shops, the miscreants also opened fire several rounds of guns in the air, the reports also said. Denouncing the vandalism and intimidation, villagers staged a protest on March 3.

The second and final phase of the 60-seat Manipur legislative assembly will take place on March 5. In the phase, voting will take place in 22 assembly segments spread across 10 districts of the state. A total of 92 candidates are in the fray.

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