| Pheiroijam Parijat Singh |
Imphal, July 29: A threat by cadres of the Kangleipak Communist Party (City Meitei Mobile Task Force) to continue with its series of attacks on CPI workers of health minister Pheiroijam Parijat Singh in Lamlai Assembly constituency of Imphal East has struck terror among the party workers.
Cadres of the outfit abducted Yumnam Manaoba, 23, son of CPI Lamlai Council secretary Y. Megha on July 19 from their house at Yourabung in Imphal East. Police, however, rescued Manaoba from Imphal West and arrested two cadres of the outfit on July 23.
The KCP cadres also shot another worker of the minister Huidrom Bijant, 30, in his legs at his house at Huidrom in the night of July 21, even as Manaoba was held hostage.
Three days after the hostage was rescued, cadres of the outfit gunned down Indira Devi, wife of Nongthombam Tomba, also a worker of the minister at their residence at Sabungkhok, after failing to find Tomba in the house.
The KCP had alleged that Parijat Singh gave contracts of his department to his workers and relatives only besides committing irregularities in appointments. The outfit demanded Rs 10 crore-worth contracts and a sum of Rs 2 crore in cash from the health minister.
The minister dismissed the allegations as baseless and counter-charged that the group was a “gang party” and dared it to target him. “If you want contracts, shun violence and join the mainstream,” he said.
Some senior and close aides have fled to the minister’s official quarters in Imphal, fearing attacks.
The minister suspects that his political rivals are behind the militant outfit’s campaign against him and his workers.
“We are in a state of terror. No one has been able to sleep in peace. Workers of other parties are unwilling to join our protest. We are in a very precarious situation,” a worker told this correspondent.
In a bid to allay the growing fears of the workers, the Okram Ibobi Singh government yesterday opened a police commando unit at Napet Palli, where a police outpost is already in place. A senior police official said security has been beefed up and patrolling intensified.
“As the attacks took place during the night, our fear grows as night approaches. We are praying every night that nothing happens to us,” an aide of Parijat Singh said.