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Womenfolk protest against bomb threat in Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, Nov 15 | Publish Date: 11/15/2020 1:50:53 PM IST

Manipur police on Sunday recovered two hand grenades suspected to have been planted by militants at two different areas in Imphal.

One of the hand grenades was found planted at the main entrance gate of Hindustan Construction Company Private Limited at Lamshang in Imphal West district early Sunday morning.

Police suspect the bomb was planted as a threat to the company in relation with extortion activities of an armed militant group.

The police further recovered a Chinese made hand grenade planted at the veranda of a house belonging to Khuraijam Nabakanta at Kongba Kshetri Leikai under Irilbung police station of Imphal East district.

Nabakanta is an official of the state consumer affairs, food and public distribution (CAF&PD) . His family members found the hand grenade  lying at the gate in the around 6.30 am on Sunday.

Police suspect the bomb was planted to threaten the officer in connection with monetary demands. Militants have been frequently threatening officials of the CAF&PD in the state.

Bomb experts of the state police who rushed to the spot defused the hand grenade and later disposed it in an open space.

Denouncing the bomb threat at the house, womenfolk of the locality staged a protest at the entrance gate of the house today.

A woman in the protest registered a strong protest against the bomb threat amid the bad time of COVID-19 pandemic.

“Why bomb threats to an individual at this time of pandemic that threw the people not only in the state but in the entire globe into the pool of woes. It is not the time to threaten people with bombs. This is the time we stand united and fight COVID-19 that threatens the existence of human beings, ” she said. She further stated that if any group resorting to armed struggle to regain Manipur’s lost sovereignty is behind the bomb threat, they should to clarify their act. Placards with slogans denouncing the bomb threat were displayed at the protest site.

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