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Last Updated: Friday, January 13, 2012, 14:58
Imphal: Two insurgents suspected to have designs to disturb the assembly poll campaign by the Congress were killed in an encounter with a combined force team in Manipur's Imphal West district, officials said Friday.

The ultras were suspected to have entered Tabungkhok area in the district at around 8 PM last night to disturb the poll campaign by Congress candidate and its supporters following ban on the party's nominees by major insurgent organisations.

The security personnel and police were on full alert following reports that some suspected persons are moving at Tabungkhok area and rushed to the spot where the encounter took place between insurgents and a combined team of police commandos and 18th Sikh Regiment.

In the heavy exchange of fire, the two insurgents were killed and two 9mm pistols, three hand grenades and 20 rounds of ammunition were recovered from their persons, they said.

Seven major outfits have 'banned' Congress candidates and their supporters for being against what they called the 'revolutionary movement' in the state.

Official sources said insurgents have been attacking Congress candidates and their supporters from January 8, particularly in the valley districts of Imphal East, Imphal West, Bishenpur and Thoubal by hurling grenades in many places. More than five persons have been injured in such attacks and some vehicles have been damaged.

Meanwhile, another militant outfit United Revolutionary Front today said they too would boycott the January 28 polls as it "would not bring anything good and would not help the revolutionary movement".


First Published: Friday, January 13, 2012, 14:58

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