Mobs in Manipur target BJP politicians’ houses, offices | India News

GUWAHATI: Armed mobs vandalised a BJP mandal office late Friday in Imphal and burned down a house at another locality in the city Saturday morning, while Army and Rapid Action Force (RAF) foiled several attempts to set afire BJP offices and houses of the party’s Manipur chief and a state minister.
After partially burning down the house of junior foreign minister R K Ranjan Singh this Thursday, a mob tried Friday evening to destroy BJP state president Adhikarimayum Sharda Devi’s home near Porompat in Imphal.
Security sources said an Army column and RAF troopers reached the area and dispersed the mob before it could attack Devi’s house. Also, RAF personnel prevented a mob of around 300 from vandalising state BJP minister Thongam Biswajit’s house in the same area.
The sources said another mob gheraoed the BJP office in the Singjamei area, while a different group tried to storm the Irengbam police station. Both attempts were thwarted. Army, Assam Rifles, RAF and state police carried out a joint flag march later in the Manipur capital.

BJP refused comments on the mob attacks, saying “it is a kind of artificial conflict in the state created by some vested groups and the party does not want to fall into the trap”.
Manipur BJP spokesman Elangbam Johnson said: “We are waiting for the right time to speak out. There is pressure from civil society organisations as well as the opposition asking the party why it is silent. The people also will definitely want to know the party’s stand, but we have adopted (the tactic) to remain silent.”
Congress alleged that members of at least 10 opposition parties from Manipur have been waiting to meet PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi, but they have not received any response since June 10.

Jairam Ramesh of Congress said: “We hope before the PM leaves for his foreign trip on June 20, he will find time to meet us.”
Back in Manipur, intermittent firing was reported Friday in the general area of Kangvai near Churachandpur district, which is considered the epicentre of the violence that broke out on May 3. There are no reports of any casualty.

Fresh violence in Manipur, two civilians injured


Fresh violence in Manipur, two civilians injured

Sources said RAF troopers fired tear gas shells and rubber bullets to break up a mob of approximately 1,000 people that tried to burn down buildings near the palace compound Friday night. Another mob build-up was reported near Manipur University, but no untoward incident happened.
Sources said large numbers of attackers, including women, in military-style fatigue and khaki dresses and carrying sophisticated weapons reached Kwakta in Bishnupur district on trucks and LMVs Friday evening. They displayed their firearms openly, while many were carrying traditional machetes and daggers, and improvised incendiary items.

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