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Heavy firing reported from border area in Manipur

An unidentified insurgent was killed in heavy exchange of fire at a border village in Manipur.



Imphal: An unidentified insurgent was killed in heavy exchange of fire at a border village with central para military forces while a number of insurgents attempted to enter Manipur to disrupt the forthcoming January 28 assembly elections, reports from the border said on Wednesday.
Reports said the exchange of fire occured at Nungkor
and Khenjoi villages near Indo-Myanmar border yesterday during
which the insurgent was killed.

One 9mm pistol, several rounds of ammunition and
explosive materials of ten kg were recovered from the victim,
sources said adding that the insurgent along with others
attempted to enter Manipur from across the border.

Insurgents had attempted three times in the past two
weeks to enter the state to disrupt the poll process following
the declaration that the coordination committee of the seven
major insurgent outfits would disturb the Congress candidates
since the latter were against what the insurgents called
`revolutionary movement.`

The coordination committee (CORCOM) of the seven major
outfits oconsisted of United National Liberation Front (UNLF),
Revolutionary People`s Party (RPF), People`s Revolutionary
Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), PREPAK (progessive), Kangleipak
Communist Party (KCP), United People`s Party of Kangleipak
(UPPK) AND Kanglei Yawol Kann Lup (KYKL) and the CORCOM
`banned` the Congress candidates.
Several grenade and bomb attacks were carried on the
Congress candidates and their supporters at Lamlai, Nagamapal,
Sagolband, Thoubal and many other places yesterday, the
sources said.

Atacks had also taken place at many places in the past
some days particularly in four valley districts of Imphal
east, Imphal west, Thoubal and Bishenpur.

Reports from the border said attempts had been made by
insurgents to infiltrate into the state to disrupt the poll
process and Assam Rifles personnel guarding the international
Indo-Myanmar border had foiled three bids in past few weeks.

While the first attempt was made on December 24 last,
since on January 7 more attacks took place.

The third attempt was made yesterday during which an
insurgent was killed and one 9mm pistol, explosive materials
of about 10 Kgs and other ammunition were recovered from the
victim.

Insurgents had hurled grenades at the houses of
Congress candidates and their supporters at five different
places including the house of former state Education Minister
M Oken at interior Heirok village in Thoubal district, reports
said adding insurgents have been attacking the houses of
Congress candidates and their supporters in the past two or
three weeks.

PTI

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