Imphal: An unidentified insurgent was killed in heavy exchange of fire at a border village with central para military forces while a number of insurgents attempted to enter Manipur to disrupt the forthcoming January 28 assembly elections, reports from the border said on Wednesday.

Reports said the exchange of fire occurred at Nungkor and Khenjoi villages near Indo-Myanmar border on Tuesday during which the insurgent was killed.

One 9mm pistol, several rounds of ammunition and explosive materials of ten kg were recovered from the victim, sources said adding that the insurgent along with others attempted to enter Manipur from across the border.

Insurgents had attempted three times in the past two weeks to enter the state to disrupt the poll process following the declaration that the coordination committee of the seven major insurgent outfits would disturb the Congress candidates since the latter were against what the insurgents called 'revolutionary movement.'

The coordination committee (CORCOM) of the seven major outfits consisted of United National Liberation Front (UNLF), Revolutionary People's Party (RPF), People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), PREPAK (progressive), Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), United People's Party of Kangleipak (UPPK) AND Kanglei Yawol Kann Lup (KYKL) and the CORCOM 'banned' the Congress candidates.

Several grenade and bomb attacks were carried on the Congress candidates and their supporters at Lamlai, Nagamapal, Sagolband, Thoubal and many other places on Tuesday, the sources said.

Attacks had also taken place at many places in the past several days particularly in four valley districts of Imphal east, Imphal west, Thoubal and Bishenpur.

(Agencies)