An irate mob vandalised PWD Minister Govindas Konthoujam’s residence located at Ningthoukhong Bazar under Bishnupur district on Wednesday.
The incident occurred around 4:00 pm when a mob, numbering over a hundred, entered the minister's residence and allegedly vandalized furniture, broke window panes, burnt files from his front office and damaged vehicles parked at his residence.
The irate womenfolk who blocked the road from Moirang Lamkhai to Thinungei stormed the minister’s residence after they blocked CRPF and RAF from going to Moirang.
Meanwhile, a team of Bishnupur police rushed in and dispersed the mob. As per latest update, the situation has been brought under control.
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On the other hand, fresh tension erupted in Bishnupur district after reports of arson and attacks by militants in the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday at Tera Khongsangbi while a large number of womenfolk blocked vehicular movement in Tiddim road including those of security forces.
On Wednesday morning around 9.30 am, two persons received bullet injuries after being fired on by suspected armed militants from the hill side in Thamnapokpi foothill.
One of the injured persons, identified as Toijam Chandramani Singh, 40, of Churachandpur Thengra Leirak, sheltering at a relief camp in Moirang, succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Imphal.
Following the news of the death, hundreds of protestors took to the streets at Tiddim Road, blocking the movement of vehicles belonging to the security forces. The protest was held along Tiddim Road in Moirang too where the BSF had to resort to blank fire to disperse the crowd.
Agitated womenfolk of the Tronglaobi area also alleged that there had been intermittent firing and burning of houses in their areas since the ethnic violence broke out on May 3.
Irate womenfolk blocked RAF and CRPF from going to Moirang, pushing them back from the Thinungei area. However, all columns of CRPF and RAF stayed at the DC complex of Bishnupur.
The women protesters shouted slogans such as, ‘No separate administration in Manipur at any cost’, ‘save indigenous people from immigrants’, ‘stop using SoO Kuki militants to divide Manipur’, ‘resign incompetent CM’.
They also demanded the deployment of necessary security personnel for safeguarding their properties and the inhabitants of Tronglaobi Makha Leikai.
They demanded that the security forces should be led by Manipur Police and have asked the DC to understand the sentiments of the people of the area. It has been informed that the armed Kuki militants also fired at a vehicle besides targeting other areas.
Womenfolk also stormed the Deputy Commissioner office in Bishnupur district with a demand for deployment of necessary security personnel for safeguarding their properties.
Meanwhile, the Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association (MMTA) centre at Lamdan housing ‘s Manipur Mountaineering Institute (MMI) complex near the Loktak Hydro-Electric Project, about 35km from Imphal, has been burned down.