Armed miscreants allegedly assaulted state BJP spokesperson Mayanglambam Sureshkumar and state Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) office secretary Ningombam Alex near Lamphel police station, Imphal late Thursday.
Police said Sureshkumar and Alex were physically assaulted allegedly at gunpoint by some persons who were reportedly armed with deadly weapons. The incident occurred around 9 pm Thursday near Lamphel police station, and the perpetrators appeared to be waiting for them.
Sureshkumar and Alex were returning to the rented room of the former after attending a meeting at the state BJP head office located at Nityaipat Chuthek, Imphal, the police said.
After assaulting both of them, the unidentified persons fled from the spot immediately in a four wheeler by taking advantage of the darkness, the police added.
A team of Lamphel police and Imphal Police station rushed to the spot and the injured were admitted to Raj Medicity.
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Alex sustained some minor injuries while Sureshkumar was injured in his face, chest and legs, hospital authority said.
Both the injured were declared out of danger by hospital authorities. However, Sureshkumar was further admitted to the ICU of the same hospital late at night due to health complications.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Biren Singh updated on Facebook with photographs of the injured, strongly condemning the incident.
The injured are undergoing treatment at Raj Medicity, and the state government has launched a massive search to nab the culprits involved, he mentioned.
Earlier on Wednesday, BJP spokesperson Sureshkumar was involved in a heated argument live on air with Manipur Pradesh Youth Congress leader Ningthoujam Popilal during a discussion programme of a local TV channel.
An editor of a daily eveninger also took part in the discussion that was held on the topic, ‘60 MLAs as warriors of War on Drugs’.
Following the heated argument, some of the BJYM volunteers allegedly got into a confrontation with Popilal.
Meanwhile, an order issued by general secretary (organisation), Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee Amir Hussain on Thursday stated that state MPCC president K Meghchandra was pleased to approve the appointment of Ningthoujam Popilal as state president of Manipur Pradesh Youth Congress Committee with immediate effect.
Three persons were also appointed as working president and general secretary (administration) in the same order.
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