Ultras explode low intensity blasts in Imphal and Meghalaya
IMPHAL, January 12
[dropcap]S[/dropcap]uspected armed militants triggered off a low intensity bomb near the Assam Rifles transit camp in Imphal today morning along the road located between western wall of the Khuman Lampak Sports Complex and Assam Rifles transit camp.
However, sources informed that there was no report of any human casualty during the explosion which occurred around 7:45 a.m. this morning which was believed to be a low intensity improvised explosive device.Manipur DGP, Shahid Ahmad, who led the state police team, has inspected the blast site along with the Assam Rifles authorities soon after the explosion. No armed group operating in the state has claimed responsibility for the explosion till the report goes to the press.
It may be mentioned that the year 2013 had witnessed a series of bomb explosion in the state particularly in and around Imphal wherein many were killed.
Meanwhile in a similar incident, unidentified militants Saturday lobbed a crude bomb at a petrol pump damaging two vehicles in Meghalaya’s West Garo Hills district.
There were no causalities, police said.
The state police suspected that the blast was carried out by suspected militants of the breakaway faction of the A’chik National Volunteers Council (ANVC-B), which is currently in a tripartite ceasefire with the state and the central government.
“We are looking at all possible angels and probing the incident. The involvement of militant outfit can’t be ruled out,” West Garo Hills Superintendent of Police, Mukesh Kumar Singh said.
He confirmed that there were no causalities, but said two vehicles were partially damaged due to the impact of the crude bomb.
Singh said police have launched a manhunt to nab the attackers.
The two vehicles damaged are Tata Indigo bearing Assam registration number – AS 19 D 6040 and Maruti 800 bearinga West Bengal registration number – WB-02-J-7598.
“After parking the vehicle on the road, I heard a loud sound some five minutes later, and came up to discover that my car and a nearby parked Maruti 800 was damaged,” Subroto Chakroborthy, the owner of Tata Indigo, said.
Chakroborthy, is on a visit to Tura with his friend Shyamal Biswas from Assam’s Bongaigoan district.
Both are on a two day visit to Tura for a meeting related to product distribution and marketing firm.