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4 killed, minor boy injured in Imphal
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jan 4:
Published on 5 Jan. 2009 1:22 AM IST
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A two and half year old boy sustained splinter injury when the police bomb squad of Manipur Police were disposing off a hand grenade at a open place at Gari in Imphal west Sunday at around 8 am. Decrying the injury on the boy named Meisnam Robinson son of Brojen of Gari Maning Leikai, a sit-in protest was also staged at the locality from around 11 am till 4 pm. Around 60 people mostly womenfolk participated in the protest. Reports said that this morning personnel of the state police bomb squad defused a hand grenade which was deposited at the house of commandant of the state home guard named Tomba of Gari posting at Bishnupur district headquarter apparently in connection with monetary demand served on him by a militants outfit. According to Tomba, sometimes back a militant outfit served him to give Rs. 1 lakh collectively from the home guard battalion. He refused to disclose the name of the outfit but expressed suspicion of placing of bomb at his home in connection with the demand which his battalion did not paid. After the bomb was safely defused and disposed off at an open field, the boy who happened to play nearby the field with some other local children was hit by splinter at the head. The minor boy was immediately evacuated at RIMS hospital. Hospital source stated his condition out of danger. Decrying the deposition of the bomb and blaming the injuring of a boy in the disposal action of the police, locals staged a sit-in protest. "We could not agree with the threatening of people by depositing bomb and also careless attitude of the police in disposing the bomb," said a woman of the locality participating in the protest. Meanwhile, security forces killed two suspected militants at Ishok village in Imphal west district even as two bullets riddled dead bodies were recovered by the police from Kharam village of the same district Sunday. Police said the two suspects were killed by the Imphal west police commandos in a joint operation with the troops of 12 Maratha Regiment posting at Mayang Imphal this afternoon at around 1.30 pm and recovered a .32 pistol loaded with a live round and a hand grenade from the slain suspects. Police said they were killed in an encounter with the combined force who rushed to the spot based on specific information. Police retrieved the dead bodies from the spot and deposited at RIMS morgue, Imphal for official identifications. In yet, Lamshang police in Imphal west also discovered two bullet riddled unidentified dead bodies from Kharam village located some 10 km west of the police station this morning at around 9 am. Police referring to villagers statement said that they were gunned down by some suspected militants after bringing there.

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