Imphal, Nov 5
At least six persons, including five police commandos were injured after a bomb blast in Thangal Bazar near Sani Mandir at around 9:20 am.
The injured police personnel are identified as Lamabam Amarjit of Langthabal(Addl.SP Ops. IW), Thongam Devan of Lalambung (SI of CDO Iw Bazar Unit), Ningthoujam Ibotomba Singh of Thoubal Okram (ASI of City PS), Khuraijam Boney of Singjamei Chingamathak (ASI of CDO IW), Huirongbam Boboy of Thoubal Ningombam (Rfm.of 7th IRB attached with CDO IW and escort of Addl. SP Ops. IW). The civilian injured in the blast is identified as Krishna Gurung of Pangei Nepali Basti.
The injured persons were rushed to Raj Medicity. Police team rushed to the blast site and has been cordoned off.
According to report, after police found a suspected IED planted amidst parked vehicles, the area was cordoned and civilian were push out of the area for safety when they were waiting for Bomb disposal squad. How the bomb was triggered is not yet known as of now but some suspected the bomb to have been triggered using mobile devices. The police team have not been equipped with jammer or any other technical instrument to check or jam such strike as of now, a source said. The 5 police personnel including the Additional SP were injured when they were trying their best to ensure civilian safety.
This is the second blast taking place in Imphal where security has been deployed in the wake of mass public uprising in connection with the signing of the Frame Work Agreement between the NSCN-IM and the Government of India. Just 2 days back i.e. on November 2 a powerful blast injured 3 BSF personnel at Telipati area of Imphal East.
Meanwhile the state Home department has announced cash award of Rs. 1 lakh to the person who can provide information about the bomb blast occurred on Nov. 2 at Telipati as well as the blast that injured 5 police personnel and a civilian at Thangal Bazar today morning.
So far no organisation has claimed responsibility of both the blast that took place at Telipati and Thangal bazar.
Such barbaric act is condemnable in the strongest term –CM
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh terms today’s blast at Thangal Bazar that injured 6 persons including a civilian as barbaric act and condemn it in the strongest term.
The Chief Minister, said this while visiting Raj Medicity to inquire about the condition of those undergoing treatment. He later inspected the site where the blast took place.
“Yes there is a possibility of security lapses and we will look into it”, the Chief Minister said while replying to reporters queries.
He further said that such act rather seem to be a retaliation of people who are depressed due to the government’s success in keeping the law and order condition improved in the last 2 and half years of his government. He condemns the blast in the crowded area terming it as most barbaric action.
Pinky Salam, a young and enthusiastic Reporter is working with Imphal Times since 2018. Apart from being a reporter, he is a musician and plays Guitar in his spare time. Pinky is a resident of Sagolband Salam Maning Leikai, Imphal and lives with his parents. He can be reached at [email protected]