Violence in Manipur before elections: curfew imposed in Heirok village
Violence in Manipur before elections: curfew imposed in Heirok village

After pre-election violence in Manipur's Thoubal district, a curfew has been imposed in Heirok village.

The Thoubal district magistrate has issued an order imposing a curfew in Heirok village beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday and lasting until further orders are issued. Thoubal DM Subhash Singh stated in the order imposing the curfew that there is a high risk of a violation of peace and tranquillity in the Heirok village regions.

"There is an emergency and circumstances which do not permit the giving of notice upon the public in a timely manner, and so this order is made ex-parte under Section 144 CrPC of 1973 and is directed to the general public," the ruling stated. Tensions are high in Heirok village in Manipur's Thoubal district after a 21-year-old boy was shot and killed on Tuesday night. He is the brother of a prospective Congress candidate in the forthcoming Assembly elections.

Ningthoujam Rohit, a third-semester student at Thoubal College, has been identified as the dead kid. After hearing gunshots near their home, Rohit and his 53-year-old father Premchandra walked out of the house and were shot at point blank range by masked guys using a shotgun.

In the attack, Premchandra was also hit by bullets. While Rohit died on the route to the hospital, Premchandra is still fighting for his life and is said to be in severe condition.

Because Premchandra's family is a Congress supporter, locals believe BJP activists are to blame for the attack. "There will be no tolerance for violence in our democracy," Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh warned. Six student organisations in Manipur, on the other hand, have released a united statement denouncing the pre-election violence.

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