Five Manipur policemen, civilian injured in IED explosion

Imphal, Nov 5: Five policemen including a Manipur Police Service (MPS) officer, a civilian were injured in a bomb explosion at Thangal bazar area Tuesday in Manipur’’s capital Imphal on Tuesday.

Several vehicles parked in the area were also badly damaged by the explosion.

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has announced a cash reward of Rs one lakh for any information on the blast and another blast which took place on November 2.

Three Border Security Force troopers were also injured in that blast at Telipati, Imphal East.

All the six injured are undergoing treatment at Raj Medicity hospital in Imphal.

Additional Superintendent of Police Operations Imphal West, Lamabam Amarjit and his subordinates were conducting a routine duty along the Thangal bazar area nearby Sani Mandir. busy market area when the blast occurred.

The other injured persons are Sub-inspector Thongam Devan, Assistant sub-inspector Ningthoujam Ibotomba Singh, Assistant sub-inspector Khuraijam Boney, Rifleman Huirongbam Bobby and a civilian Krishna Gurung of Pangei Nepali Basti.

“It was not yet known who were responsible for the blast. But prelimnary investigation indicate that the blast could had been triggered off by planting an IED,”a police official said .

Chief Minister Singh , who rushed to the blast site said,: “Planting of bombs at crowded civilian places is an act of cowardice and should be condemned by all.”

“I take it as a reaction of the perpetrators resulting out of their frustration and disappointments on the visible changes towards a peaceful and developing society during the last two and half year,” he said