Imphal: The National People’s Party (NPP) urged the authority concerned to put all the underground groups under Suspension of Operation (SoO) in their respective designated camps as some of the underground outfits allegedly constraint the party and its candidates to draw attention of media and have come out blatant support of rival candidates of BJP and NPF.
A release issued by media and communication cell of NPP, New Delhi mentioned that some of the hill based underground outfits namely KNF-MC; KNF-Z; UKLF; KNA and HPC(D) have openly come out in blatant support of the rival candidates from BJP and NPF.
It alleged that in 55-Tipaimukh AC, the cadres of militant outfits HPC (D) is moving around with arms intimidating the voters and village chiefs to vote for BJP candidates. The underground group like KNA and UKLF under Suspension of Operation (SOO) is threatening NPP party workers and village chief to support BJP candidate Shri. Letpao Haokip at 42 – Tengnoupal AC.
At Tamenglong constituency, outfits under SOO are campaigning strongly for NPF and BJP candidates. The outfit has warned our party workers with dire consequences, it added.
It mentioned that on February 6, the alleged KNF-MC and KNF-Z leaders Paokholen Haokip, Jangkhonlum Haokip and Lunmang Haokip have threatened NPP workers and village chief to vote for BJP candidate Letzamang Haokip of 57-Henglep AC. The outfit members had halted six women NPP workers and two drivers at Lamden Kuki village and threatened to shoot them if they campaign for NPP candidate.
The NPP had complained about the incidents of attacks and threats issued to the NPP candidates to Chief Electoral Officer, Manipur State and to Election Commission of India. The ongoing situation is an attempt to jeopardise the conduct of peaceful, free and fair election in Manipur, it said.
If the ongoing situation is allowed to prevail, where militant and underground outfits are moving around openly with arms, the electorates will fear and would not come out to vote, which will directly hamper the conduct of elections, the release added.
NPP urges to declare ‘most sensitive’ assembly constituencies which has presences of UGs and to provide additional security in the constituencies for conduct of fair election process., it said.
It said NPP urges that adequate security cover is provided to party candidates, who are contesting the election at different parts of the wtate.
It also demanded for enough security for NPP candidate, Y. Erabot of Wangkhei Assembly Constituency, which has been reduced.