Manipur CM Okram Ibobi escapes attack in Ukhrul
Unidentified gunmen attacked Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh’s chopper at Ukhrul district headquarters on Monday morning. The chief minister escaped the attack unhurt, though, two Manipur rifles jawans were wounded in the attack.
Soon after the incident, security forces in area carried out massive operation to nabbed the gunmen. When security forces started the operation, irate Ukhrul residents reportedly torched two police vehicles at the Tangkhul Naga dominated town.
The CM accompanied by Deputy CM Gaikhangam took a chopper from Imphal around 9.30 am to Ukhrul to inaugurate a hospital and other office buildings.
The unknown armed men started firing toward the Chief Minister minutes after the chopper was landed in the helipad at around 10. 30 am. The CM along with other officials immediately flew back to Imphal.
Meanwhile, two jawans of the India Reserve Battalion (IRB) were wounded when two improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in the Hundung area located south of Ukhrul district in Manipur.
Militants belonging to the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) are suspected to be responsible for the blasts that took place on Sunday night.
Security was also beefed up ahead of the Chief Minister’s visit in the town. Media reports said that additional security forces have reached the district, while soldiers from 41 Assam Rifles have been asked to remain vigilant to prevent any untoward incident during CM’s visit. Security forces had cordoned off Bakshi ground for the CM’s chopper to land.
The district hospital in Hundung was also sanitised for the inauguration programme. The hospital is located barely one kilometre from the main town of Ukhrul district headquarters. Ahead of the Ibobi’s visit, a 24 hours public curfew was also called by Tankhul Naga to boycott the visit of Chief Minister.
The incident comes only three days after the CM slammed his Nagaland counterpart TR Zeliang on Thursday for making “anti-national remarks” in Senapati during a programme.
Zeliang visited Senapati district in Manipur on 19 October to attend a conference of Naga villages as the chief guest where it was resolved to defend land rights of the Nagas.