Imphal: The attack on Congress candidates and
party workers by insurgents was continuing in Manipur
since the past fortnight despite adequate security and an
appeal to the candidates not to campaign for the January 28
assembly polls in the late evening hours.
Official reports said insurgents lobbed grenades at the
house of Congress candidate from Langthabal assembly
constituency W Shyama in Imphal East district besides hurling
explosives at party works at Haobam Marak, Sagolband,
Keisampat (all in the same district) and at Nambol in
Bishenpur district late last night.
No casualty was, however, reported.
The reports said Congress was facing the ire of the
insurgents as they felt that the party was against their
Coordination committee (CORCOM) of seven major insurgent
organisations-- United National Liberation Front, People`s
Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak, Kanglei Yawol Kann Lup,
United People`s Party of Kangleipak and Revolutionary
People`s Front-- all waging an armed struggle for an
"independent Manipur" had imposed a ban on Congress candidates
and party workers, the reports said.
Insurgents have been attacking party candidates and
workers for the past two weeks by exploding grenades and
opening fire particularly in the four valley districts of
Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal and Bishenpur, the
No casualty was, however, reported in the incidents.
Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh had told a recent party
meeting, "They (insurgents) may create some sort of panic
outwardly but voters will not accept their challenge".
Official sources said adequate security was being provided
to all the candidates irrespective of party affiliation.