IMPHAL, Jan 29 – Irate residents of a Thoubal village, in protest against the killing of a woman in police firing last night, have called a 12-hour bandh in Thoubal district tomorrow. The bandh will come into effect from 5 am and end at 5 pm.
One Moirangthem Ongbi Ragini (45) of Tentha Khongbal village was killed and another woman, M Medhabati of Tentha Heibung injured in a poll-related firing at Tentha village in Thoubal district around 10 pm.
Demanding a judicial inquiry into the incident, the newly-floated joint action committee against the killing, in a memorandum to the State Chief Minister, also demanded an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 1 lakh to the injured. The committee threatened to resort to various courses of action if the authority failed to fulfil its demands by January 31.
Meanwhile, the State Janata Dal (U) unit has demanded disqualification of two candidates, while political workers attached to an Independent candidate have demanded repolling in Manipur. The office of the Chief Electoral Officer here is yet to announce the official polling figure of Saturday’s Assembly elections.
Manipur Janata Dal (U) leaders on Sunday alleged that NSCN-IM cadres supported the Naga People’s Party (NPF) candidate ST Nunglung Victor while United Kuki Liberation Front (UKLF), a Kuki underground outfit, involved in a tripartite talk with the Centre and State Government since 2008, supported Congress candidate Thangkholen Haokip at Chandel Assembly Constituency.
M Tombi, State Janata Dal (U) president, while speaking to media persons here, questioned why the candidates in question should not be disqualified as their supporters separately manipulated polling booths in these areas. “We’re also demanding repolling in six polling stations under Chandel constituency,” he added. The polling stations are Sugunu Tribal, Joupi, Japhou Bazar, Lambung, Chandel Christian and Tampi.
“Repolling should take place in all these polling stations as these had been captured by UKLF/INC supporters,” said Onkhosei Haokip, chief election agent of Janata Dal (U) candidate Chungjalen Haokip of Chandel seat, in a written complaint to the Deputy Commissioner of Chandel who is also the Returning Officer of the hill district bordering Myanmar.
Meanwhile, supporters of Independent candidate SS Olish of the same constituency, besides demanding repolling in 23 polling stations out of 69, also urged the election authority to conduct a judicial inquiry into Saturday’s firing at Tampi polling station where seven persons including a CRPF man and presiding officer were killed.
According to A Pungson, an election agent of the Independent candidate, five persons including three women were also assaulted by suspected NSCN-IM cadres for campaigning against the NPF candidate.
Both Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee president Gaikhangam and Sports Minister and Naga leader DD Thaisii in the Ibobi Singh Ministry, who are seeking re-election from Nungba and Karong constituencies in the Naga-inhabited Tamenglong and Senapati districts, also have a similar story to tell as NSCN-IM cadres allegedly supported their rival NPF candidates during the polling, reports said.