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IED detected amidst strikes called by rebel groups in Mnp

IED detected amidst strikes called by rebel groups in Mnp
Police and security forces on alert after an IED was found planted along NH-102 at Khonghampat on Thursday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 15 | Publish Date: 8/15/2019 12:42:37 PM IST

Amidst tightened securityput in place to thwart any likely violent activity as part of the boycott of India’s Independence Day celebration, security force detected a powerful IED in Imphal on Thursday.

Apart from the detection of IED (Improvised Explosive Device) planting on the roadside along NH-102 (Imphal-Dimapur section), no untoward incident was reported during the  strike called by various rebel groups boycotting the celebration of Indian Independence Day in Manipur.

The IED fitted on a tiffin can was found planted by the roadside along NH-102 at Khonghampat Chingol under Sekmai police station of Imphal West district early Thursday morning.

Police said  they rushed to the spot after there was information that an unattended tiffin can was found at a spot some 200 meter away from Khonghampat Orchid Farm.

Troops of Assam Rifles on ROP duty along the highway had already kept the area cordoned and blocked the traffic along the highway and alerted the local residents and highway travellers.

The police called upon experts from the state police bomb detection and disposal squad who confirmed it to be an IED fitted on the can.

Observing a technical difficulty in assembling the IED, the experts disposed the IED at the spot after taking up all safety measures, around 9.30 am.

After disposal, police and security forces conducted a thorough search for presence of any other explosives near the area. It was only after they sensitised the area that the highway was opened for traffic.

No rebel groups boycotting the country’s Independence Day celebration claimed  responsibility for planting the IED till the time of filing this report.

However, police suspect that the IED was planted by rebels with an intention to disturb the smooth conduct of the Independence Day by attacking the security forces.

The general strikes brought normal life across the state to a grinding halt as people chose to stay home despite heavy deployment of security forces in Imphal

Streets in Imphal city wore a deserted look as public transports and private vehicles stayed off the road. Only few private vehicles and VIPs’ vehicle with security escorts were seen plying.

Shops and business establishments downed their shutters across the state for the day, particularly in Imphal. 

A large number of Central security force personnel were deployed across the capital city to assist the police in keeping a close watch on anti-social elements who were likely to disturb the smooth conduct of the Independence Day celebrations.

Similar sights of streets wearing deserted looks and hitting normal life were reported  from other valley districts even though the general strike has little impact in the hill districts.

In the hill districts, shops and other business establishments were open as usual and vehicles plied. However, no inter-district service vehicles from Imphal arrived for the day, reports said.

Besides CorCom, the conglomerate of five major armed groups of the state and other Northeast rebel groups, various armed underground groups imposed the general strike separately, boycotting the celebration of the day.

While announcing the general strike, they asked people to stay away from participating in the Independence Day celebrations.  

 

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