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Blasts in Imphal: Do they have an agenda?

Two blasts in just three days gap – the first injured 3 personnel of the BSF at Telipati in Imphal East, the second after three days that is on Nov 5 in crowded market complex called Thangal Bazar here in the heart of the city injuring 5 police personnel including one additional Superintendent of Police and another civilian. Both the blasts occurred at places where security forces has been deployed 24x7 as there are apprehension to the district administrators about the breach of peaceful law and order situation due to protest by people as there is a believe that center might announced the  final settlement of the NSCN-IM that injure the sentiment of the people. And co-incidentally  it also happened when two person N. Samerjit and Y. Biren who claimed to be representatives of the Manipur state council declare Manipur as Independent and announced formation of an exile government at center. The two blasts also occurred at a time when people across the state are criticizing the government over the heavy deployment and re-enforcement of Central Paramilitary Forces in the state. Criticisms after criticism comes from different quarters including human rights defenders and civil body about the reason for deployment of such large para military forces in the state despite the fact that the Chief Minister himself had assured total safety of the state of Manipur while settling the issue of NSCN-IM by relying the assurance given to him and other representatives of the political party. 
Now if one remember what Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had stated to a Assam Based Television interview in connection with the series of bomb blasts that took place during October second week at border town Moreh, one can assumed that such barbaric act that blasted bomb in crowded area could never have been done by armed insurgent groups. During the course of interview by North East TV based at Guwahati, the Chief Minister had stated that he suspect the blasts could have been triggered by those who wanted to sabotage the Prime Minister ambitious Act East Policy. He also said that he didn’t believed such act could be carried out by armed insurgence groups as the area is under full control of the state and central security forces and they (the insurgence) have reduce their caliber to act such kind of attack. And moreover the some of the underground armed groups are also engaging in SoO.
The last few weeks witnessed Chief Minister N. Biren Singh claiming restoration of peace and tranquility in the state after the coming of his government. People had also witnessed number of armed state police being recruited and deploy at many area for control of any unwanted peoples’ uprising.
Yesterday blast that injured 5 policemen and a civilian was indeed a shocking incident for the entire people of the state. One thing need appreciations for the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is that he always reached the incident site and meet the victims besides assuring compensations. 
But if one ponder upon the version that chief Minister N. Biren Singh delivered in connection with the blast that happen in October 2 week at Border Town Moreh and the version that he expressed to media yesterday in connection with the blast that injured 6 persons at Thangal bazaar, only the idiots or blind believers will appreciate him but people who have sense of reasoning will surely think that there seem some hidden agenda to the blast either for regulating access military installation or the the Chief Minister who is also in charge of Home department have been misguided. 
The two blasts that happened with a gap of 3 days, when security has been deployed 24x7 at crowded place need to be properly investigated. A mere announcement of Rs. 1 lakh award for civilians that can provide information about the incident will not serve the purpose of finding the real reason of why and who blasted the two bomb. Saying so handing over the investigation to the state police will not be believe by any citizen as everyone knows the long hand of politicians.  If the blasts was triggered by terrorist to terrorize and defame the state government, state police will be the best but if the blast have agenda of certain people in power to utilize their power at maximum level then an independent body is again will be the choice of the people. 


Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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