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Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh greeted with bullets at Ukhrul; security personnel injured during gun battle lasting 15 minutes

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Imphal, 24 October 2016 ( Evening News ) : Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh arrived today in Ukhrul district amidst tense situation. The chopper carrying Chief minister and other officials arrived at Pakshi Ground in Hungpung at 9:30 am. Due to public curfew announced by Tangkhul Naga Long, volunteers of Tangkhul Naga Long blocked roads and burnt tyres protesting CM’s visit. Due to tense situation in the area Chief Minister and his team were detained at the helipad for an hour. After one hour, Chief Minister took off for Chingai at around 10:30 am. Meanwhile, just before the chopper took several rounds of bullets were fired towards the direction of the helipad which injured one 6 Manipur Rifles jawan. MR Jawan William Tara sustained injuries at his left abdomen and right arm. The gunfight between security personnel and suspected underground cadres lasted around 15 minutes. Two vehicles, one gypsy and one sumo was also completely burnt down by bandh supporters. It is also learnt Chief Minister returned back to Imphal without landing at Chingai. Meanwhile all the three inauguration programmes, 33/11 power sub-station at Khunjao, 32/11 power sub station at Hungdung and SDO/BDO OFFICE scheduled to be inaugurated by Chief Minister has been cancelled. The attack was allegedly carried out by suspected NSCN-IM armed men.

Early this morning, a lethode bomb blast occurred amidst tight security at newly constructed District Hospital in Hungpung at Ukhrul district at around 12:30 am. The district hospital was scheduled to be inaugurated by Chief Minister today. During the blast an IRB personnel identified as T. Milan of 4th IRB was injured. The blast damaged floor and roof of reception dias. It may be mentioned that Tangkhul Naga Long had earlier announced public curfew. There is tight security in the district as hundreds of Tangkhul Naga Long volunteers are seen on the road.

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