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Youth wing president of JD(U) Manipur unit, Bhaktaraj Thiyam escaped unhurt in a gun attack on December 2 night, sources said on December 3.

The source said that three armed miscreants who came on an SUV attacked him with “small guns” along NH-102 at Waithou under Thoubal police station on December 2 night.

The armed miscreants fired some rounds at the car the leader was returning home after visiting one of his relatives in Thoubal district. Thiyam escaped unhurt but the bullets hit on his car damaging windshields. There were bullet marks on the body of the car.

Bhaktaraj Thiyam told reporters on December 3 that the attack took place on his way back from Thoubal where he visited a house of his relative.

He said that an SUV driving behind him along the NH-102 overtook him on reaching Waithou area. The vehicle, then, blocked his way, forcing him to stop his car.

After that, three miscreants came out of the SUV and asked him if he was the president of the youth wing of JD(U) Manipur unit.

Out of fear, he replied that he was not the person they asked for. Then, the miscreants conducted a check on his car and took away money from his wallet which was in the car.

The miscreants then, all of a sudden, fired some rounds towards him before leaving the place with the same vehicle they came with. They drove the vehicle toward Thoubal headquarters side, he added.

The leader miraculously escaped unhurt. But, the bullets shattered the front and back windshields of his car. Some bullets also hit the body of his car, Thiyam said.

A complaint has been lodged with the Manipur Police regarding the incident, he said while drawing the attention of the concerned authorities to nab the miscreants at the earliest.

The JD(U) youth wing chief further expressed concern over the increasing “gun-culture” in the valley areas amid the unrest owing to the ethnic conflict.

He demanded that the concerned authorities must take up concrete steps to check the gun culture in the state.

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