Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh escapes unhurt as militants open fire

The CM's helicopter immediately took off and left for Chingai but could not land at the remote village due to protests, the official said.

Written by Esha Roy | Imphal | Updated: October 25, 2016 3:57 am
Manipur Chief Minister Ibobi Singh Manipur Chief Minister Ibobi Singh

Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh escaped unhurt when unknown assailants opened fire as he was alighting from his helicopter in Ukhrul district on Monday morning. The incident took place at 10.30 this morning.

A jawan of the Manipur Rifles was injured in the firing. While government officials said that the involvement of the banned insurgent group, the NSCN (IM) could not be ruled out, the NSCN(IM) has so far denied being involved in the ambush. No other group has claimed responsibility for the attack either.

The attack on Ibobi came a day after he had said that the law and order situation in the state has improved and that insurgency was at an ebb.

After the ambush the chief minister’s helicopter immediately took off and left for Chingai but could not land at the remote village due to
protests. “Soon after the Chief Minister landed in Ukhrul, mobs came out and started burning tyres on the road. There was a fair amount of stone pelting as well,’’said a government official.

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Ukhrul, in Tangkhul Naga district, is controlled largely by the NSCN (IM) and has been disgruntled with the Manipur Chief Minister for years now, calling him anti-tribal. As Ibobi’s plans to visit Ukhrul came to light, Tangkhul Naga Long, a civil organization, called for the boycott of Ibobi’s visit. The TNL issued a statement saying that Ibobi’s visit was unwelcome as the hospital which he was coming to inaugurate had not even been completed by the state government.

As a part of his elections run, Ibobi had several programmes at Hunphung village and Chingai village in the district. The 100 bedded district hospital is located in Hunphung and the Nagas had called for a road blockade to the hospital as well. Two vehicles on the route had been reportedly set ablaze.

Last night, two persons, suspected to be from NSCN (IM), hurled handgrenades in Hundung area of Ukhrul injuring one jawan of the 4 Indian Resserve Battalion (IRB). The 4 IRB had been deployed for the past week specifically to sanitise the area ahead of the chief minister’s visit. Two bombs were also fired at the hospital, purportedly from a rocket launcher on Sunday night.

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First Published on: October 25, 2016 12:43 am
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    abd
    Oct 24, 2016 at 1:47 pm
    Hatred breeds hatred.Once you fire the house of others that fire return to your house.You send kalbhoshan to Pak.Give refuge to the terrorist of other country. You have to pay the price and the price is this...
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      Bijay Bora
      Oct 24, 2016 at 9:28 am
      Why have you uploaded the photo of Mizoram chief minister with the story of Manipur chief minister ? Ridiculous.
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        Nabarun
        Oct 24, 2016 at 1:20 pm
        Even CM is not safe.Plight of ordinary citizen is understood.Who can object to AFSPA ?
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          BharatK
          Oct 24, 2016 at 10:57 am
          Most Indian media run with cheap and false news. Beware. IE, NDTV, The Hindu are notorious. The people in Manipur and other regions of NE should shun violence and work towards improving quality of life.
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            L bhadrapati Devi
            Oct 24, 2016 at 5:39 pm
            Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and Home Minister Gaikhangam is responsible for the lapse of security in his official tour. Such retreat of CM and Home Minister after the attack from NSCN (IM) is highly condemn-able from every Manipuri. Law and order is state subject and they have to take strong action despite ceasefire.
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              L bhadrapati Devi
              Oct 24, 2016 at 5:33 pm
              Root cause of such lawlessness is due to ceasefire between GoI and Underground that give more power to NSCN (IM). Even there is no ceasefire in Manipur, AR and other Army authority blind to the extortion openly near the security post.
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                L bhadrapati Devi
                Oct 24, 2016 at 5:53 pm
                Root cause of unfavourable law and order situation is informal extension of ceasefire in Manipur.
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                  Luikham Luckson
                  Oct 24, 2016 at 4:58 pm
                  Achan Mungleng feeling angry.lt;br/gt;1 hr � lt;br/gt;What rubbish!! Manipur CM Ibobi ambushed in Ukhrul!! Are you kidding me? Okay, he came to Ukhrul to inaugurate various government structures but this was rejected by the people for many valid reasons. The TNL imposed public curfew in Ukhrul town against the inaugural spree since yesterday evening. The volunteers put Ukhrul Town to complete shut down by burning tyres and placing stones in the middle of the road. Mr Ibobi landed at Bakshmi ground Hungpung, Ukhrul by chopper at around 9:30 am and left at 10:30 am, cancelling all the programs as the heavy state security deplo at site could not clear the road because of the strong protest by volunteers. Mr Ibobi did not even step out of the ground. Now, where did the ambush happen? Inside the chopper up in the air?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;After the chopper left and way out of sight, there were blank firings by IRB and one personnel for Manipur Rifles got injured. I have seen videos of the Police officer asking all the cadres to rush inside the hall. Isnt that a tell-tale sign that they already knew what was going to happen? They knew very well about the blank-firing that was to take place. What a stagecraft!! But we are not that stupid not to know how to read between the lines.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;And whats with this Mr Adindam Times Now corresspondent? Where is your professional journalism ethics? Haven’t you heard of Journalism for peace or you were taught only how to create more conflicts through your profession? People like you are responsible for contributing to war/conflicts and the deaths because of it. You should be ashamed that your life is a curse for others!!
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                    Luikham Luckson
                    Oct 24, 2016 at 4:58 pm
                    Copy Paste from FB
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                      Pamshang Khapudang
                      Oct 25, 2016 at 10:05 am
                      I would appreciate the media not to broadcast such issue without knowing the ground reality. TNL (Tangkhul Naga Long) who is apex body of the Tangkhul Tribes has already communicated to CM before hand not to come as the Building (hospital) is not fully completed. However, CM wanted to inaugurate forcefully by using state forces which is against democracy. State forces has been station there for more than a week as TNL boycotted the inauguration. How can a building be inaugurated before its completion. And what congress govt has done for development ? CM is in very hurry as Election is approaching. What he was doing before ? Ukhrul dist is a forgotten dist by the state. Everyone is a witness. How many application has been submitted, how many request has been sent for development. Public road is in pathetic condition in Ukhrul town itself. People stop trusting such CM.. As manipur CM is only for the valley not for the Hills.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Secondly, No one ambush or attack CM. so stop blaming NSCN (IM). It was their own forces. As soon as CM left by the army choppers then only blind firing start by Manipur Police Comando which in turn hit to his own comrade. No terrorist can ambush in the midst of tide security. MR (Manipur Rifles) IRB (Indian Reserve Batallion) and State police has occupied the entire town so how did the ambush or attack has taken place. Common, please talk some senses..
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                        Pamshang Khapudang
                        Oct 25, 2016 at 10:19 am
                        L Bhadrapati Devi, CM Ibobi singh is an anit-tribal everyone know this . He has been playing anti-tribal games, you know it, I know it and everyone knows it. He is for the valley not for Hills station. Hills area is totally forgotten by the state govt. Ibobi CM is the root cause of the ongoing corruption and bloodshed.He should be punished for his negligence. He is the responsible for the state crisis. He should be dethrone if we have to see development in the state...
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                          Mayo Ruivah
                          Oct 25, 2016 at 12:09 pm
                          There is no accountability and credibility in the news, am shocked by the way our Indian media is conducting. Firstly its is boycotted by the w civilian, Indian public of Ukhrul under Tangkhul Naga Long apex body of Tangkhul in Ukhrul District. It is not NSCN, All tangkhuls are not NSCN please keep that in mind. We dont want a communal CM who is supported by separatist groups like UNLF and Meiteis outfits in the valley. Manipur CM is not welcome in the w of hilly area as he has ped an anti tribal law without the consent of the tribals. The shooting itself is from the police force blank fire. Please have the courtesy to do atleast 5 minutes research before bringing out false news.
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                            Maruati
                            Oct 24, 2016 at 9:27 am
                            The image is that of the Mizoram CM Lalthanhawla. Come on, Indian Express.
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                              PRAVIN S
                              Oct 24, 2016 at 5:28 pm
                              c iv il war offi cially star ted
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                                Sam AC
                                Oct 24, 2016 at 6:45 pm
                                Hey, uluu... If you don't know than better shut your mouth.
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                                  Sam AC
                                  Oct 24, 2016 at 6:48 pm
                                  What the heck do you know of TNL! How on earth can you say TNL is a frontier organization of NSCN(IM)??? You know nothing and don't barge in like a mad dog.
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                                    Sheik Mohamed
                                    Oct 24, 2016 at 4:33 pm
                                    Those who sows the evil has to reap the evil.
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                                      Sheik Mohamed
                                      Oct 24, 2016 at 4:34 pm
                                      hose who sows the evil has to reap the evil.
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                                        hidang
                                        Oct 24, 2016 at 11:45 am
                                        He (in the photo) is the Chief Minister of Manipur, not Mizoram Chief Minister.
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