Manipur cops nab 2 more women for bomb attack at media house

Correspondent IMPHAL, MAR 1 | Publish Date: 3/1/2021 12:56:58 PM IST

Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Manipur Police investigating into the recent bomb attack at a media house here arrested two more women suspects.

Police have so far arrested six suspects involved in the bomb attack at the office of Poknapham, a local daily published from Imphal, which also houses its sister publication People’s Chronicle. Four male suspects were arrested earlier and are currently in police custody after Imphal West chief judicial magistrate (CJM) remanded them till March 6.

The two women suspects were also produced in the Imphal CJM court on Monday with a prayer for taking their custody for further investigation on their involvement in the case. The court remanded them in police custody till March 6.

On the evening of February 13, an Activa scooter without registration plate and rode by a woman lobbed a Chinese-made hand grenade at the office of Poknapham in Imphal’s Keishampat, which failed to explode.  The police suspect the woman to be a member of valley-based armed group and declared her wanted, besides announcing Rs 50,000 as bounty on her head.

Denouncing the bomb attack, journalists launched a cease-work strike from the day of attack till February 19. However, the journalists once again launched the cease-work strike after an armed group, while owning up the attack, asked Poknapham to suspend publication for six months.

After two days of cease-work strike, the journalists once again resumed work from Sunday.

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