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Powerful IED safely detonated at Catholic School; PWG claims

IT News

Imphal, Feb 14,

A powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED), planted at the gate of the Catholic School Canchipur today was safely detonated by police bomb squad at the same place where the bomb was planted as the Manipur Police Bomb Squad reportedly lacks proper equipments to defuse the IED.

The IED was planted by some unknown miscreants in front of the Southern gate of Catholic School Canchipur, and it was found by morning joggers at around 6 am today. Report added that the morning jogger wasting no time reported the matter to police as the object was more like a bomb.

As per police source The IED weighing around 5kg was planted inside a Tiffin box with nails and explosives. The police source further suspect the bomb to have been planted in the intervening midnight of 13 and 14 February. 

It was reported that the blast impact spread radius of the bomb might be around 300 metres.

Earlier it can be mention that some proscribed group have warned the school authority to shut the school down.

A Suo-motu case under FIR No 22(2)2019 SJM PS has also been registered for further investigation by Singjamei Police.

Meanwhile, armed group Kangleipak Communist Party , People’s War Group has claimed responsibility of the IED that was planted today at the gate of the Catholic School Canchipur.

A statement signed by one Comrade Lenin Meitei, Secretary, Central Media , Co-ordinator , People’s War Group (Marxist Center) said that the IED was planted as a last warning to the Catholic Mission Society  by an Urban Warfare team of the PWG (Marxist Center) without intention to injure any teachers or students of the school.

The statement further said that they have not serve any monetary demand to the Catholic Education Society but as the Society in hands with some groups has been trying to mislead the name of the group  outfit , the IED was planted as a warning to stop such act immediately . The outfit also claimed to have placed a Hand grenade and blasted on February 3 at around 8 pm but was concealed making a mockery of the armed group. Further consequences maybe which happened ought to be borne by those going in hands with the Catholic Education Society.

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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