Manipur polls: NPP candidate’s father shot dead

Imphal, Feb 19 (PTI): The father of a National People’s Party (NPP) candidate was shot dead by unidentified people in Imphal East district of Manipur, Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh said on Saturday.

The incident happened at the gates of the residence of the party’s Andro candidate, L Sanjoy Singh, as he, his father and some supporters were having an election-related discussion on Friday, he said.

Unidentified assailants opened fire and the candidate’s father was hit in the right shoulder, said the deputy chief minister, also an NPP leader.

Meghalaya Chief Minister and NPP Chairman Conrad K Sangma met the injured person at a hospital here during the day and strongly condemned the incident.

“This is a very unfortunate incident, and it reflects the frustration of some people. We will meet with the Chief Electoral Officer and let him know our concern about the situation in this election. I have been campaigning in Manipur since 2002, and I have never seen such extreme election violence. This must stop,” Sangma told reporters.

Manipur Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar Singh said more such incidents had taken place and violence in the polls had become the norm.

“The current trend suggests that the election will not be free and fair. Therefore, we would demand an additional deployment of paramilitary forces,” he said.

Stating that the NPP will win 20 seats in the state, Singh said such attacks show the party is getting stronger.

Elections to the 60-member assembly will take place in two phases on February 27 and March 5. The votes will be counted on March 10.