Manipur police on Thursday recovered an IED planted at the gate of a house in Imphal East district. This comes barely a day after blasts at two separate places, including the one that killed a security personnel.
The police recovered the IED planted at the gate of Laishram Bobbysana Singh at Etam Nungoi village under Lamlai police station of Imphal East district around 7.30 am on Thursday.
Bomb experts of the state police bomb detection and disposal squad diffused the IED safely.
The police suspect militants’ monetary demand behind the bomb threat. The owner of the house has however denied receiving such demand.
On Thursday afternoon, suspected rebels triggered an IED at Ushoipokpi under Lilong police station of Imphal East district, killing a personnel of the 16 Assam Rifles.
Rebel group PREPAK (Pro) today owned responsibility for the blast that also critically injured another personnel, in a statement e-mailed to the local media houses. The blast was carried out by cadres of Cobra Task Force of the faction, it added.
Womenfolk of the area today staged a protest registering a strong condemnation of the blast.
Denouncing the blast, the protesters urged rebel groups behind the blast not to carry out such violence that would disturb the peace and security of the area.
Such violent activities should not be carried out in a thickly populated area considering the safety of the people, they said.
Hours after the incident, another IED went off at the gate of the house of a woman zilla parishad member, Laishram Bobby Devi at Khonghampat under Sekmai police station of Imphal West district around 7.40 pm on Wednesday.
Though there was no casualty, the impact of the blast damaged the RCC fencing of the house.
Bobby is currently up-adhyaksha of Imphal West Zilla Parishad.
Residents of Khonghampat who later staged a protest today against the blast at Khonghampat sought the reason behind bomb blast at residential area from the rebel groups behind it.