Updated on 25 Oct 2021, 3:58 pm
The district correspondent of local vernacular was assaulted at his residence in Heirok Part-II Bazar Maning Shati Khongnang Leirak, Thoubal district allegedly by miscreants who identified themselves as Heirok Block Congress workers at about 7.30 am on Sunday.
The scribe, Elangbam Rameshwor, 42, son of Elangbam Iboyaima Singh who is also vice president of Thoubal District Working Journalist Union (TDWJU) was allegedly assaulted by around 20 individuals.
A complaint filed to the police by the younger brother of the scribe Elangbam Romeshkumar Singh named Khundongbam Dhana Singh, 52, son of late Kh Yaima Singh of Heirok Part II Bazar; Ningthoujam Shanti Singh, 37, son of N Mubi Singh of Heirok Part II Bazar Maning; Thokchom Milan Singh, 27, son of late Th Khomdon Singh of Heirok Part II Bazar Salam Leirak; Maibam Tomthin Meitei, 40, son of late M Rameshwor Singh of Heirok Part II Litan Makhong; Khundongbam Keshinanda Singh, 40, of Heirok Part II Mayai Leikai; Maibam Kenedy Singh, 30, son of late M Nimai Singh of Heirok Part III Tourangbam Leikai; Laishram Rojit Singh, 34, alias Kapacha son of L Subon Singh of Heirok Part II Bazar Mamang; Samom Boyai Singh, 35, son of S Kumar Singh of Heirok Part II Bazar; Khundongbam Mahesh Singh, 25, son of Kh Shambi Singh of Heirok Part II Bazar; Khundongbam Sanjit Singh, 27, son of Kh Jugol Singh of Heirok Part II Bazar Laikon Leirak; Laishram Dinesh Singh, 34, son of L Ramo Singh of Heirok Part I Mayai Leikai; Thokchom Luxmikanta Singh, 25, son of Th Jiten Singh of Heirok Part II Bazar Maning; Khundongbam Naoba Singh, 40, son of late Kh Mani Singh of Heirok Part II Mayai Leikai as among those who assaulted Rameshwor without any specific reasons. The assailant also reportedly dismantled properties.
Rameshwor received serious injuries and he was rushed to the Thoubal district hospital for medical treatment. He urged the officer-in-charge of Heirok police station to take necessary action against the alleged culprits as per the provision of law.
Meanwhile, a press note issued by president Thoubal District Working Journalist Union (TDWJU), Soibam Binoy Singh strongly condemned the incident. Assaulting a journalist at his residence will be taken as an insult to the entire media fraternity, he stated.
He stated that the culprits who identified themselves as Heirok Block Congress workers and involved during the incident must be given appropriate punishment under law. TDWJU has resolved not to provide any media coverage to activities of Heirok Block Congress until the government gives appropriate action against the culprits involved in the incident, he added.
MLA, Heirok assembly constituency Th Radheshyam said it is unfortunate that a journalist was assaulted.
Radheshyam told the media at his residence in Heirok on the same day that every individual has their democratic right to cast their votes to any candidate of their choice. Threatening others in the name of political rivalry must be avoided, he added.
Of the 20 polling stations of Heirok assembly constituency, two polling stations are operated under former MLA M Okendra and it is unfortunate that the people do not feel safe while passing these two polling stations during night time, he remarked.
He said the Heirok police station is also unable to keep the situation under control. Radheshyam further appealed to the people of Heirok assembly constituency not to create enmities among each other in the name of election.
When the Imphal Free Press contacted former MLA M Okendro, a person who identified himself as his private public relation officer told that Okendro does not want to make any comment at present. However, he said that a press conference may be held in the next 2-3 days to clarify the matter.
Attempts were also made to contact Heirok police station but the police officials concerned could not be reached.
Meanwhile, district magistrate, Thoubal A Subhash Singh has issued an order to impose 144 CrPC immediately in the whole Heirok Village as there are apprehensions of breach of peace and disturbance of public tranquillity in the Heirok village.
The order also mentioned that assembling five persons or more including movement of villagers, persons carrying deadly weapons such as sticks, stone, firearms and others that could harm others is prohibited in the entire Heirok village.
The order will remain in effect from Sunday until further orders to ensure that no untoward incidents occur in Heirok village in Thoubal district, it stated.
It also mentioned that the order shall not apply to government officials, machineries involved in the enforcement of law and order, military, paramilitary, police forces and other genuine urgent cases related to medical and essential services and others. The order will also not apply to individuals with specific special permits issued by the district magistrate, Thoubal and superintendent of police, Thoubal district, it added.