5 cops, 1 civilian injured in Mnp blast

5 cops, 1 civilian injured in Mnp blast
Manipur chief minister Biren Singh with senior police officials at the blast site. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, NOV 5 | Publish Date: 11/5/2019 10:47:35 AM IST

At least six persons, including five police commandos and a civilian, were injured in a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in Imphal Tuesday at Thangal Bazaar at around 9:30 am, police said. The blast also damaged some vehicles nearby.

Tuesday’s blast is the second in four days in Imphal. On November 2, an IED blast triggered by unidentified persons at Telipati area in Imphal East district injured three BSF jawans.

The injured persons- Lamabam Amarjit, additional SP (operation) Imphal West district, sub-inspector Thongam Devan, ASI Ningthoujam Ibotomba Singh, ASI Khuraijam Boney and Rfn Huirongbam Boboy were immediately rushed to Raj Medicity hospital at North AOC. 

The civilian injured in the blast was identified as one Krishna Gurung of Pangei Nepali Basti, Imphal East district. All of them sustained multiple splinter injuries and among them the condition ASI Ibotomba was stated to be critical. Police personnel on duty there said that the IED blast went off while they were alerting people to clear the area after a suspected object was found.

Soon after the blast, police commandos picked up as many as 28 people during a search operation at Thangal Bazar area. They were handed over to city police station for further verification. No militant group has claimed responsibility so far for the explosion.

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh along with DGP LM Khoute and other officials visited the blast site. Singh also visited the injured at the hospital. Talking to reporters, Singh condemned the blasts and assured that his government will take all measures to check recurrence of such incidents in future. Manipur government also announced cash reward of Rs one lakh to any individual who provide information leading to the identification and arrest of culprit(s) involved in the recent blasts in Imphal.

Meanwhile, spokesperson of the Khwairamband Keithel (iconic all-women market) Kh Mangi was suspicious that the blast could have been a ploy of the Centre to allow deployment of paramilitary forces in Imphal citing law and order situation and also to divert attention of the people of the issue of protecting Manipur’s territorial integrity post the Naga solution.

Ima Keithel Semkat Sagatpa Lup president RK Radhesana also alleged that the blast was the handiwork of the agents of the Central government. She alleged that government of India had been creating problem after problem in the state, and the attempt to disintegrate Manipur was the latest move of the Centre.

They said Centre has deployed large number of Central paramilitary forces in Manipur taking advantage of the unrest in the state after people started protest against any move to disintegrate integrity of the state.

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