‘Attack on relief item carriers unfortunate’

IMPHAL, 11th Apr: Condemning the attack on various vehicles transporting relief items for the people of Andro AC from the relief camp, which was set up by Andro Municipal Council members, local clubs and Meira Paibis; Andro Municipal Council Ward no 11 Councillor A Lukhoi Khuman has said that such acts are way below the level of human decency.
Addressing a press meet at the relief camp set up in Andro on Saturday afternoon, Lukhoi said that in light of the difficulties faced by the people due to the lockdown over COVID-19, a relief camp was set up by Andro Municipal Council members, local clubs and Meira Paibis with the support of former minister Th Shyamkumar. However, one Lourembam Sanjoy of Yambem and his accomplices continuously attempted to destroy the camp.
On Friday, some vehicles transporting food items from the relief camp were attacked by around 60-70 people armed with dangerous weapons. The said group damaged one Gypsy and two Boleros, which were used by the relief committee for transporting the food items. A complaint was also filed at Andro PS in this regard, the councillor informed. Alleging that the persons who led the attack on Friday have been involved in various crimes in the past, Lukhoi refuted the claims that ex-minister Shyamkumar's younger brother Ravi was involved in the attack on several houses, clarifying that Ravi is currently stuck in Delhi due to the lockdown.
Urging all concerned not to make up stories out of thin air, he further clarified that the Council is not involved in the attack on the houses on Friday evening. Meanwhile, Andro Municipal Council chairperson Yumkhaibam Sajou Khuman refuted the claims made in the media that he was involved in the Friday's incident
Stating that at the time, he was at home tending to his mother, who is seriously ill; he recounted that on receiving news of the incident, he immediately contacted the OC of Andro PS and told him (OC) to control the situation.
Urging the person(s) who made such defamatory statements to clarify themselves, Sajou cautioned of initiating legal action against the said person(s), in case of failing to do so.

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