Allegations on poll related violence

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IMPHAL May 28: Among the six people injured in a poll related incident at 19/9 polling station at Mahabali Rongmei LP School of ward No.19 on May 25, the condition of Sumitra Palmei, 32, d/o (L) Laldun Lungpu who was severely injured on her face and scalp area has worsen and is now admitted in the ICCU of Shija Hospital, said Lamta Golmei, 54, who was also badly hurt during the incident, in a press conference held at Mangge Makhong, Bhamon Leikai, today.

Narrating the incident, Lamta Golmei, strongly denied the statement made on several local dailies by the supporters of Y. Ratikanta, BJP councilor candidate for ward No. 19.

He said that on May 25 at 19/9 polling station at around 3.30 pm, a grey colored Bolero came speeding along the narrow road leading to Mahabali Rongmei L.P. School and came to a sudden halt without any concerned for the people who passing by the road.

He stated that the sudden commotion caused a gust of dust to blow all around the place that caused serious inconveniences to the nearby people, and added that he saw Y. Ratikanta, BJP candidate for councilor of ward No. 19 came down with few of his associates from the Bolero. On seeing the commotion a woman complained to him of the consequences in which he readily showed unbecoming attitudes to the people present at that time that later led to the altercation. He alleged that the candidate himself came with an intention as there were already 10/20 workers stationed in that area who later joined in to the altercation.

The candidate along with his several workers beat several people including women and drove off leaving no time to react for the others, he said alleging the action as a premeditated and well thought out plan.

Lamta further alleged that without any reason he was also beaten up black and blue along with his son Rocky Golmei, 27, who came running after him on seeing the situation. He stated that all of the injured persons were supporters of RK (ongbi) Bina Devi, INC councilor candidate.

He further condemned Y. Ratikanta, BJP councilor candidate for making false charges by tarnishing the facts. The other injured persons were Maja Gangpu Palmei 25, brother of Sumitra Palmei, Jolsian Golmei 25, s/o Amusanna Golmei, Bijoy Malingmei 26, s/o Khuman Singh Malingmei, Abui Kamei 32, Asing Puina Golmei, 26, and Konjengbam Nanao, 27, all from ward no. 19, Mahabali, he added.

Talking to the media persons, Thounaojam Vikramaditya, president Yaiskul Block Youth Congress committee, the convenor for the press meet refuted the charges and alleged that Prof. S. Tiken, vice president of BJP state unit had wrongly labeled charges by concealing the facts and encouraged Gundaism or hooliganisms. He charged that the high honourable esteem position held by such national party like BJP has been maligned by fielding such an incompetent person.

He added that it was very unfortunate that several baseless labels were also framed by S.Tiken on Rk. Dorendro husband of Rk (ongbi) Bina Devi, Congress councilor candidate of ward no. 19.

He further termed the derogatory remark made by Tiken as unfounded as no such incident of threatening with a licensed revolver to anyone by Dorendro took place, Th. Vikramaditya added.

He has also demanded that Prof. S.Tiken, should immediately clarify on the derogatory remarks and wrong allegation made on several local dailies on May 26 that were subsequently published on May 27.

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