The ultras trapped the minister’s convoy at Purul village when he was going to attend a public function last evening, they said, that one of his security men was injured in the incident.
The militants first burst an improvised explosive device in front of the convoy and afterwards started firing from both sides of the road, they said.
The first car of the party and the vehicle of the minister were damaged in the firing and personnel of the India Reserve Battalion (IRB) were injured in the attack. He sustained bullet injuries in his leg and has been brought to Imphal for further treatment, they said. Security personnel also reacted. The minister returned without attending the function.