BSF post attacked with mortars, Congress MLA’s house torched in Manipur | India News – Times of

BSF post attacked with mortars, Congress MLA’s house torched in Manipur | India News – Times of

IMPHAL: The private residence of Congress MLA K Ranjit Singh was among a cluster of houses and shops set ablaze by suspected militants at Serou Bazar near Sugnu in Manipur’s Kakching district late Saturday, keeping the flames of the ethnic conflict alive and creating new flashpoints for the security establishment to deal with.

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Most of the homes were deserted after the recent exodus to relief camps and the few areas untouched by the Meitei-Kuki clashes. Legislator Ranjit, who represents Sugnu constituency, wasn’t at home either when the assailants struck, sources said. The crackle of arson in Sugnu was accompanied by the rat-a-tat of gunfire as about 30 heavily armed militants tried to lay siege to a nearby outpost of the BSF and India Reserve Battalion, leading to a battle of bullets that kept the night awake till dawn. Sugnu was caught in the crossfire between militants and security forces again around afternoon, with both sides using mortars this time, witnesses said. There was no official word on the damage, if any, until evening.

Gunfights between suspected militants and security forces were also reported in parts of the western border of Imphal West district, including the Singda, Senjam Chirang and Phayeng neighbourhoods.
One of the 16 people wounded in Friday’s militant attack in Imphal West’s Singda died in an Imphal hospital Sunday morning, adding to the gloom. The deceased was from Sagolband in Imphal West.
A delegation of MLAs, led by power minister Th Biswajit Singh, visited displaced people of Ando in Imphal East district at various relief camps and offered them material and monetary assistance

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