Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh on Monday escaped unhurt after shots were fired at him and his entourage as he was getting out of his helicopter at the Ukhrul helipad.
Along with Dy CM Gaikhangam, Ibobi Singh took a chopper from Imphal around 9.30 am to Ukhrul to inaugurate a hospital and other office buildings.
Minutes after the chopper landed at a helipad around 10.30 am unknown armed men began firing towards the CM, police sources said.
One security personnel of 6 Manipur Rifles sustained bullet injuries. The helicopter immediately took off and left for Chingai but could not land at the remote village due to protests, said an official.
The Chief Minister then cancelled his programmes and flew back to capital Imphal, where he called an emergency Cabinet meeting, a source said. The CM had several programmes lined up at Hunphung village and at Chingai village in Ukhrul district. He was to travel to Hunphung to inaugurate a 100-bed Ukhrul district hospital, besides a power sub-station, the source said.
Ukhrul area remained tense since the last few days after local denizens boycotted the CM.