Updated 10 Apr 2022, 6:52 pm
Families who became victims and still facing grievances as a result of violence that took place at Tentha under Wangjing -Tentha assembly constituency, Thoubal district in the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly election held a sit-in-protest at Tentha Khongbal in Thoubal district on Sunday.
Placards that read, ‘We condemn the torching of houses in Tentha for election’, ‘We condemn physical assault using knives at Tentha for election’ etc. were displayed during the protest.
One Moirangthem Sanatombi whose house was torched and razed to the ground, alleged that a day before election, Congress workers warned that BJP supporters will not be allowed to come out to cast their votes and threatened to burn their houses etc.
She said that she knows all their identities and added that her house was burned down in the evening. Although their grievances were raised to the authorities concerned, none have taken any action so far, she said.
She also narrated how the houses of three siblings were vandalised, dismantled and torched. “Till date, the perpetrators have remained silent and made statements that they want to live in peace. What kind of peace do they want to achieve by destroying other peoples’ houses?” she questioned.
“The families which have lost their homes are still residing at other peoples’ houses. We want the government to look into the issue, bring a solution and take up action against the perpetrators,” she added.
One Laishram ongbi Memcha, who had reportedly received a grenade at the gate of her house, expressed that the people of Tentha are still bearing the brunt of the violence that took place during the election.
She further alleged Tentha Congress workers of spreading lies that some families are making false claims of their houses being torched only to collect funds.
Later, a media team went to inspect the house of Rakesh Naorem and his siblings whose houses were allegedly burnt down. It was found that the houses were vandalised and all furniture were torched. However, the team found that the houses were not completely burnt.
First published:10 Apr 2022, 6:52 pm
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THOUBAL district, Manipur