Manipur police avert blast in Imphal

Manipur police avert blast in Imphal
File Photo of blast site at Thangal Bazaar on Nov 5.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Nov 17 | Publish Date: 11/17/2019 11:59:31 AM IST

Manipur policeon Sunday claimed to have foiled similar blast at crowded area in Imphal which the armed rebel group planned to trigger today (November 17) and also accused RPF/PLA as hands behind the recent blast at crowded Thangal Bazar on November 5.

Addressing a press conference here, Imphal West SP K Meghachandra Singh said that during the course of intensive investigation into the November 5 blast at Thangal Bazar, the police commandos attached with Imphal West district police arrested a cadre of the outfit around 11.45 pm on Saturday.

Two IEDs were recovered from the cadre identified as Chingakham Basanta alias Khambaton who admitted that he was planning to trigger one of the IEDs at Allu Gali area of Thangal Bazar today (November 17).

The other one was to be be triggered in the near future, the SP claimed.

Mention may be made that the November 5 last at Thangal Bazar had injured to five policemen including an additional SP and a civilian.

During the course of investigation, police revealed that the blast was triggered by one Paonam Manikanta Singh (30), a resident of Assam’s Lakhinagar currently residing at Tentha in Thoubal district.

Police have arrested his wife and brother in-law who assisted him in the transportation and passing of information related to security measure taken up after the blast.

Manikanta has escaped to Myanmar after the blast, however, five individuals have been arrested in connection with the blast so far, the SP said.

Among the arrested individuals, one is a cadre of RPF/PLA who stayed in the city area posing himself as a labourer. 

The arrest of Chingakham Basanta who allegedly planned to trigger another IED at Thangal Bazar was made in an operation launched based on the disclosure he made, the SP said.

The SP said that in the follow-up action to the blast, the district police intensified its counter insurgency operation with random cordon and search operation, frisking and checking etc.


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