Curfew has been clamped at Heirok village in Manipur’s Thoubal district after pre-election violence rocked the district. 

Thoubal district magistrate has issued an order, imposing curfew in Heirok village from 5pm of Thursday until further orders. 

In the order imposing curfew, Thoubal DM Subhash Singh said that there is every likelihood of breach of peace and tranquillity in Heirok village areas.  

The order said, “There is an emergency and circumstances which do not permit the serving of notice upon the public in due time, and hence, this order is passed ex-parte under Section 144 CrPC of 1973 and is directed to the public in general.”

Tensions prevail at Heirok village in Manipur’s Thoubal district after a 21-year-old boy, who is the brother of a likely Congress candidate in the upcoming Assembly elections, was gunned down on Tuesday night. 

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The deceased youth has been identified as Ningthoujam Rohit, a third semester student of Thoubal college, 

Rohit was gunned down by masked men with a shotgun from point blank range after he and his 53-year-old father Premchandra stepped out of the house after hearing gunshots near their residence. 

Premchandra also sustained bullet injuries in the attack. 

While Rohit died on way to the hospital, Premchandra is still battling for his life in the hospital and is reported to be critical. 

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Locals in the area are holding the BJP workers responsible for the attack as the family of Premchandra are Congress supporters. 

Meanwhile, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh said, “There will be no tolerance for violence in our democracy.” 

On the other hand, as many as six students’ bodies in Manipur have issued a joint statement condemning the pre-election violence. 

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