IED blast in Imphal, one hurt

IED blast in Imphal, one hurt
Police taking stock of situation after an IED blast at Ngari Gali of Khwairamband Keithel in Imphal. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 28 | Publish Date: 12/28/2019 12:28:47 PM IST

A medium intensity Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast rocked Manipur’s Imphal city on Saturday morning.

Though police denied any casualty, eyewitness accounts said that a shopkeeper sustained injuries by the impact of the blast.

The IED blast took place in front of a shop at Ngari Gali of Khwairamband Keithel in the heart of the capital city today at around 4.50 am before the market was opened. 

The shop near which the IED was placed is owned by Pradeep Kumar Roy dealing in Ngari (fermented dry fish). A shopkeeper identified as Shivaji running wholesale eggs shop situated nearby was claimed to have been injured by the impact of the blast .

Damages were caused to shutters of some shops including that of Pradeep Kumar Roy. Another source said that minor injuries were also inflicted on two potters.

A police officer who rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation in the aftermath of the blast however said that they had no official record of people injured.

He said though the market place opens early in the morning, due to rain and cold weather, there were only few people in the market place when the blast took place.

Most of the shops were yet to open when the blast took place, he added.

At the same time, police conducting spot investigation found clues of the planter(s) of the IED even  as no CCTV cameras installed at the site.

Almost all the shops in the area installed CCTV cameras but no footage was available as all the cameras were defunct due to power blackout since yesterday evening, a police source said.

Registering a protest against triggering IED, all shops in and around the Ngari Gali of the Khwairamband Keithel pulled down  their shutters and suspended business for the day.

They also staged a sit-in-protest urging the police to initiate a thorough investigation and book the culprit(s) at the earliest.

Expressing strong denouncement, they demanded to know if any of the armed underground group was behind planting the IED with reasons.

Local MLA Kh Joykishan who also visited the blast site demanded befitting action against perpetrator(s) and blamed security lapses on the part of the police.

Interestingly, the market place where the blast took place was under round the clock vigilance by the police and Saturday’s blast was the second in the recent times.

Today’s blast at the crowded Imphal market occurred in less than two months after November 5 blast at Thangal Bazar that injured five police personnel and a civilian.

State police investigating into the November 5 blast had claimed RPF/PLA’s hand behind the blast.

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