Two Congress MLAs reach BJP camp
IMPHAL, 24th Jun: In what could be a setback for Congress party amidst the ongoing race for numbers between the party and ruling BJP, two MLAs of the party namely Abdul Nasir of Lilong and Yamthong Haokip of Saikul were picked by police from party’s camp after their wives filed ‘missing’ reports to the police Wednesday.
According to sources, two large teams of police led by additional SPs of Imphal West district police picked up both Congress MLAs from party’s camp at Patsoi at about 2pm. The police teams also produced missing reports filed by wives of two Congress MLAs.
Soon after the police teams arrived at the camp, MLA Abdul Nasir boarded a police vehicle without uttering a word. He boarded vehicle of Imphal West commando OC P Achouba and immediately signalled to leave the camp.
However, both the additional SPs and their teams remained at the camp and asked if Yamthong Haokip is in the camp. When other Congress MLAs present in the camp told police about presence Yamthong and asked the reason thereof, the police officers replied that Yamthong Haokip’s wife has filed a missing report and accordingly came to rescue him.
When police start questioning, Yamthong Haokip replied that no one kidnapped him and he joined the camp on own volition. However, police insisted that the MLA should to reach home safely as his wife has filed a missing report. Amidst the situation, some Congress MLAs offered to send Yamthong Haokip up to his home instead of boarding police vehicle and both the sides agreed. Accordingly, Yamthong Haokip boarded Khundrakpam MLA Th Lokeshwar’s vehicle and both the MLAs reached Yamthong’s residence escorted by police. However, Yamthong’s wife told Lokeshwar to leave her husband which the latter complied with.
A late report said that one BJP MLA very close to chief minister N Biren Singh brought Yamthong from his residence soon after Lokeshwar dropped him and both Yamthong and Abdul Nasir have reached BJP camp at Classic Grande hotel.
Meanwhile, a Congress MLA refuted reports uploaded on social media about arrest of H Vikram by police for organising Congress camp at his residence at Patsoi. The MLA also informed that police recorded statements of some MLAs after their families filed missing reports and there was no report of arrest.