IMPHAL, Apr 3: A former militant leader was among the three individuals who received bomb threats Sunday. Personnel of the state police bomb disposal squad safely defused the bombs and disposed off at safe places.
Police reports said that a hand grenade was hurled at the house of MI Khan is also known as Islamuddin, former chairman of the militant outfit, People United Liberation Front (PULF), who was recently released from jail, in the early hour today.
A team of state police bomb disposal squad retrieved the bomb from the front courtyard of house of the former militant at Keirao Makting Makha Leikai, Imphal east, under Irilbung police station, this morning around 7 am.
The bomb could have been hurled by militants belonging to PULF, who once led until he announced retired from the outfit after arrested by the security forces at least three times. He was released from jail in the last week of March this year. At the time release, he had announced he would contest in the forthcoming election to the Manipur Legislative Assembly.
Police further defused a hand grenade safely at the house of Kangabam Samananda Singh of Uripok Tourangpam Leikai Machin near the BT Flyover bridge in the heart of the Imphal city. The bomb was hurled by suspected militants today around 9 am.
Another bomb wrapped with paper was also found placed at a furniture house at Moirangkhom in the heart of the Imphal city around 11.30 am today. Labouerers at the Singh and Co Furniture House came to know the material wrapped with paper was a hand grenade only when they unfold the wrapping paper when no one claimed the material. Police suspected the bomb being placed in connection with monetary demand to the proprietor of the furniture house.