Workers of ex-minister go on the rampage in Andro villages

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 11th Apr: Several groups of people, alleged to be workers of ex-Minister and former Andro MLA Th Shyamkumar went on the rampage attacking 13 houses in different localities of the constituency, causing extensive damage.
According to reports culled from the spot, the incident occurred between 8pm and 11.30 pm on Friday. The people, suspected to be workers of ex-minister Th Shyamkumar and armed with guns and other deadly weapons, attacked the residences of 13 former workers at Andro Sanapat, Andro Mamang Leikai, Chambra Leikai, Awang Leikai, Khunou, Maringthel and Chingdong. The group pelted stones and opened fire at the houses.
During the attack, 6 four-wheelers and 2 two wheelers were damaged, apart from damages caused to the houses and properties. The locals have strongly condemned the incident and appealed to the state government to look into the matter at the earliest.
Speaking to newspersons in this regard, a member of one of the affected households informed that all 13 families were former workers of Th Shyamkumar and they strongly supported him in the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly election, but have since retired. The member then raised suspicions of the involvement of Shyamkumar's younger sibling and certain elected representatives of local bodies of the constituency in Friday’s incident.
Meanwhile, one Sorojini from Andro Chingdon said that the attacks were an attempt to intimidate the former workers just for retiring. She then questioned the rationality of helping to re-elect the former minister, who uses violence to intimidate others instead of holding a peaceful dialogue, as the representatives of Andro AC.
On the other hand, one Ch Shyambabu of Andro Maringthel alleged that some workers of former minister Shyamkumar came to his residence on Friday around 2pm and demanded him to produce his son, Mani.
They further demanded his son to surrender himself to the workers because Mani had the audacity to ask the former minister to supply water to a local camp, which was set up with regard to COVID-19.
However, while talks were being held to resolve the misunderstanding peacefully, the workers attacked his house around 10 pm Friday and caused damages to his property, Shyambabu conveyed.


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