1 killed, 7 injured in Manipur violence
A civilian driver has been killed and seven security personnel accompanying polling personnel have been injured in separate incidents of post-poll violence in Manipur, official reports said on Thursday.
The civilian driver was killed and two persons were injured when insurgents ambushed a Manipur Rifles party at Kasom Khullen area near here, who were returning to Ukhrul district headquarters with polling personnel after the first phase elections on April 20 last.
The Manipur Rifles troop returned the fire and in the heavy exchange of fire, the driver was killed and two Manipur Rifles personnel sustained serious bullet wounds, the reports said.
The driver, identified as Md Tomba, had been hired by the officials to transport the polling personnel, the reports said.
The identity of the militants was not yet known.
In a separate incident, unidentified militants attacked a convoy of security personnel accompanying a poll party returning to Chandel district headquarters on Wednesday, the reports said.
The militants fired at the security personnel from both sides of a hilly area at Tengnoupal area, 100 km from Imphal, and in the ensuing gunfight, three Assam Rifles personnel of 33rd batallion and two jawans of the India Reserve Battalion were injured.
The injured were airlifted to Leimakhaong army hospital where the condition of a jawan was stated to be critical.
Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports said there was heavy exchange of fire between Army personnel on poll duty and Manipur militants at Sajik Tampak area, 130 km from here, yesterday.
The reports said both sides suffered heavy casualties, but the exact number could not be confirmed.