Phungzathang decries mob attack as pre-planned
IMPHAL, 8th MARCH: Decrying the Tuesday evening mob attack at his private residence in Churachandpur town, former minister Phungzathang Tonsing, who is seeking re-election from the Churachandpur assembly constituency on NPP ticket, termed the act of vandalism as a pre-planned action carried out by a dejected rival candidate in cohoots with an organisation.
Many persons with severe injuries have reportedly been hospitalised on Wednesday morning after the police resorted firing tear-gas shells and other riot-control measures to control the mob violence. Issuing a clarification in this regard to media persons, Phungzathang described as lamentable that those who orchestrated the whole incident provided false information to the media about rescuing the two abducted persons from his (Tonsing) residence. On receiving information of two injured persons of Lamjang village being admitted in Churachandpur district hospital on March 5, the former minister said he went to the hospital on March 6 evening and enquired about their conditions.
Taking undue advantage of the two persons suffering injuries, one of the rival candidates sparked the mob violence by spreading rumours about his involvement in causing injuries to the duo and galvanised the mod to attack his home, Phungzathang said. The said rival candidate also spread rumours of some armed persons staying in his house, after which SP (Ccpur) came and searched every inch of his house, he said.
Claiming that the candidate galvanised the mob at the district hospital and instigated them against him on Tuesday, Phungzathang said the mob entered his homestead after dismantling the boundary fencing and assaulted his family members and workers mercilessly. They also set ablaze several vehicles parked inside the house as well outside the gate and pelted stones towards his house. However they did not burn the house, he said adding that some victims with severe injuries are undergoing treatment in Imphal.
Decrying the attack as well as instigating innocent civilians against him and his workers, Phungzathang, without taking names, claimed that the real person behind the whole incident is the rival candidate. He further claimed that the rival candidate also assaulted a woman voter namely Chingliankim, wife of Khaipu Gangte at Chiangkonpang polling station during the polling hours.
Moreover, the rival candidate along with his escorts also threatened one Romi Meitei, one of his workers from Churachandpur Khumujamba Leikai and chief of Chiangkonpang village namely Solomon for supporting him (Phungzathang) on March 6, he added.