Dispersal of poll personnel begins even as blasts continue unabated

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IMPHAL, Jan 25: Election process for the Manipur Assembly elections stepped up with polling officials for Churachandpur and Ukhrul districts proceeding toward their destined polling stations.

Both land and helicopter transportations have been pressed into service to take them and electioneering materials to their destinations depending on their terrain and distance.

Meanwhile, three more poll related bomb blasts were reported today even though nobody was injured. The CorCom has claimed responsibility for the blasts that took place at the residences of Congress workers.

Polling personnel for several stations in Churachandpur were already dispatched yesterday. More personnel left the district headquarter today to dispense their duties in 13 stations of Tipaimukh constituency, 20 in Thanlon constituency and 6 in Henglep constituency.  

On the other hand in Ukhrul district, the DEO today flagged off the first batch of polling personnel who will be dispersed to the three assembly constituencies-Phungyar, Ukhrul and Chingai. The team send off was constituted of 920 polling personnel, 184 vehicles and 2240 security personnel. 

Due to poor accessibilities of the roads, choppers were used to transport the personnel for stations at Chamu, Chatric, Khunou, Numbisha, Aishi, Sorde, Kashung, Kairam Khullen, Khoiribok and other places in Phungyar AC.

The DEO, Thoubal has issued a notification to the officials assigned duties during the January 28 assembly polls in the district to report at his office at Mini Secretariat Complex, Thoubal at 7.30 am, January 27 along with their personal luggage.

Polling officials assigned for Jiribam constituency have been notified to report to their respective returning officers at 8 am on the same day. The officials can collect their election duty cards from Jiribam ADC office.

Meanwhile, a hand grenade exploded at the residence of former Nambol candidate Asem Bishorjit of Ishok Maning Leikai at around 1 am today. There was no casualty.

Another grenade blast took place at the residence of Moirangthem Bidhu of Kongba Ucheckon at around 12 am today. However, there was no casualty.

Some armed miscreants fired a lathode bomb at the residence of Akoijam Inaocha of Yumnam Khunou today. One hand grenade was also found at the residence of Pheiroijam Nabi of Nongada Awang Leikai in Imphal East.

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