In a disturbing turn of events, Manipur was once again marred by violence as a mob launched an assault on the residence of PWD Minister Govindas Konthoujam. The incident unfolded on Wednesday evening in Ningthoukhong Bazar, falling within the jurisdiction of the Bishnupur police station.
According to reports, a large group of individuals forcibly entered the minister’s residence, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. Furniture, window panes, and vehicles parked in the front courtyard fell victim to their rampage. Shockingly, they also set fire to files within the minister’s front office, exacerbating the extent of the damage.
Another group, predominantly consisting of women, blocked the road from Moirang Lamkhai to Thinungei. They obstructed the convoys of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Rapid Action Force (RAF) from proceeding further to Moirang, where fresh tensions arose following the killing of one person and the injury of another.
The Bishnupur police arrived at the scene and dispersed the mob using tear gas shells and mock bombs. Fortunately, no casualties were reported during the commotion.
The agitators raised various slogans, including “No separate administration in Manipur at any cost,” “Save indigenous people from immigrants,” “Stop using SoO Kuki militants to divide Manipur,” and “Resign, incompetent CM.” They also demanded increased security measures to safeguard the lives and properties of residents in the Tronglaobi area of the district.
The minister was not present at his residence during the incident.
In a separate incident, armed miscreants set fire to the Manipur Mountaineering Institute (MMI), which serves as the training complex for the Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association (MMTA). The MMI complex, located near the Loktak Hydro-Electric Project in the Henglep sub-division of Churachandpur district, fell victim to the arson attack on Wednesday evening.
The situation in Manipur remains volatile as violent acts unfold in different parts of the state. Authorities are working diligently to restore order and ensure the population’s safety.
Source: NorthEast Now News