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Protest against grenade threats

Imphal, Oct. 29: Councillors and employees of the Imphal Municipal Council today staged a sit-in at the gate of the council office in Imphal city to protest against grenade threats to the chairman and a councillor by a militant group recently.

Police said a hand grenade was recovered from the residence of Soraisam Binarani Devi, councillor of ward 1, at Thangmeiband in Imphal city, on October 20.

Similarly, another grenade was recovered from the house of N. Raghumani Singh, chairman of the council, at Imphal city, on the night of September 13.

According to the chairman, the grenades were placed to threaten them by the Kangleipak Communist Party (Military Council), Nongdrenkhomba faction.

He also said the militant group accused them of misusing money collected by the councillors from shops and stalls of Imphal city, which he denied.

“They threatened us over the phone accusing us of misusing funds. The charge is baseless. We requested them to come and meet us to settle the misunderstandings. However, they did not respond to our request and did not listen to us,” Raghumani Singh said.

The councillors said they could not go out freely for their work after the grenade threats and charges.

“We need to go out everyday to meet people to keep the city clean. If such threats continue, we may not be able to work for the better environment of the city,” a councillor said.

The councillors appealed to the group not to threaten them in the future.