Manipur election 2017: Bomb recovered ahead of Rahul Gandhi's visit to Imphal
Rahul Gandhi will campaign for Congress candidates at Hapta Kangjeibung ground for the upcoming state assembly elections
Manipur Police on Tuesday recovered a bomb in Imphal ahead of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi visit in the state to address an election rally for the upcoming state assembly election.
According to media reports, the bomb was found right outside a residential building at 6 am this morning in Khongman Bashikhong Turel Mapal area in Imphal East district. The bomb was planted approximately 6 kilometres from the venue where Rahul is scheduled to address the rally.
Rahul Gandhi will campaign for Congress candidates at Hapta Kangjeibung ground. Elections in the state are slated for March 4 and 8.
Meanwhile, the United Naga Council (UNC) which has been imposing a blockade in two national highways in Manipur since November 1, has said it would oppose Congress the upcoming Manipur polls 2017.
The Naga body, in a statement, said, the group would oppose Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and his party, Congress, in the polls and support Naga Peoples' Front (UNF) in the coming election.
The UNC also asked all Nagas in the state to support candidates of NPF which has four members in the outgoing Assembly.
The UNC has imposed a blockade on NH2 and NH 37 - two lifelines of the state - since November 1 last year to protest against the state government's decision to create 7 new districts which, the UNC said, would bifurcate ancestral lands of Nagas in Manipur.
UNC also criticised the Ibobi Singh government for arrest of its president Gaidon Kamei who was taken into custody on November 25 in connection with the blockade.