Manipur, a state plagued by years of insurgency, violent protests, bandhs and human rights violations, was showing signs of healing. But with the announcement of elections, the ugly shadow of violence came back. Five people were killed and several clashes were reported across Manipur even before the dates were announced. On the receiving end, like always, were the innocent people who just want a peaceful existence. While the role of militants cannot be ruled out, there is a political nexus that no one will speak of.

Watch this special EastMojo ground report for a closer look at the spate of political violence in Manipur:

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The two-phase elections to the 60-member Manipur Legislative Assembly will be held on February 28 and March 5.

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