Hoax bomb alerts create panic in Imphal

IMPHAL, Nov 10 | Publish Date: 11/10/2019 12:39:55 PM IST

Hoax bomb alerts continued to create panic in Imphal amid tightened security measure after recent bomb blasts at two places which inflicted injuries on police and Central security force personnel.

Barely two days after a hoax bomb alert in Imphal’s Palace Compound, an unattended thermo flask forced the state police to close traffic on a busy road in front of Imphal’s Kangla fort on Sunday. Traffic control police on duty at the tri-junction road of the highway found the flask at the median near the zebra crossing. 

Immediately after the detection of the unattended thermo flask placed at the median on NH-2 in front of Kangla fort, police closed traffic and forced vehicles and pedestrian to stop. 

After concerned city police were informed, additional police force rushed to the spot and  halted traffic immediately as precautionary measure. The road was closed for about an hour, from around 11 am till noon.

While examining the flask, bomb experts pulled it using a rope and after found no sign of explosive, and that it was only an empty thermo flask.The road was then opened for traffic.

 On November 8, a hoax bomb had alerted the police on duty in Imphal Palace Compound. Police had a hard time in searching the explosive by closing down the traffic till late night.

Bomb experts used explosive detectors to find the bomb amid the waste products piling up on the road side. 

The series of hoax bomb alert came days after powerful IEDs were triggered at two places in Imphal on November 2 night and on November 5 morning.

The November 2 blast at Telipati injured  three BSF personnel who received splinter injuries while five policemen including an additional SP and one civilian were injured in another blast at the crowded Thangal Bazar on November 5 morning.

Following the blast, tightened security measure has been put in place in the capital city and its outskirts. 

Police commandos, the elite force of state police countering insurgency have been conducting series of mopping operations at selected areas in and around the capital city since then.

Today, such mopping operations were conducted at four different area of the city - Thangal bazar near Kasturi bridge, Alugali, Hao keithel and temporary market shed area.

During the operation, the police paraded and verified around 400 individuals and 14 of them who possessed no ID proof were detained and handed over to city police station for further verification.


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