| Women stage a sit-in to protest the blast in Lamphel on Saturday. Picture by UB Photos |
Imphal, Aug. 24: Two morning joggers and an NGO member sustained splinter injuries when suspected militants exploded an improvised explosive device (IED) targeting a CRPF convoy at Lamphel in Imphal West this morning.
The injured persons were admitted to the nearby Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) and are out of danger. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the blast.
Police said the IED was planted either last night or in the wee hours today about 500 yards from the main gate of the Imphal West deputy commissioner K. Radhakumar Singh’s office. The bomb exploded as a bullet-proof vehicle of the CRPF was passing by around 4.45 this morning. However, no CRPF jawan was injured.
The injured have been identified as Sanasam Jiten, 49, and Lub Joy, 30, and Laishram Nimai, 33, supervisor of Imphal-based NGO Centre for Research on Environment Development.
Police said Nimai was inspecting some vehicles of the NGO parked near the blast site when the incident took place. The trio sustained injuries on their hands, legs and shoulders.
“I was returning from jogging and was about to open the gate of my house when I heard a loud sound. I saw two CRPF vehicles parked near the site and thought a tyre had burst. I later came to know it was a bomb blast and some morning joggers were wounded,” Basanta Singh, a resident, said.
Police were unable to pinpoint whether a timer device or a remote controlled one had triggered the IED. After the blast, the police and CRPF searched the surrounding areas for more bombs with the help of a sniffer dog but found none. Women residents later staged a sit-in at a community hall located not very far from the site to condemn the blast. “We are against exploding of bombs in residential areas and appeal that such acts should not be repeated,” a protester said.
The police recovered an unexploded hand grenade from near the RIMS blood bank this afternoon. Workers discovered it near the compound wall of the blood bank while clearing grass with a lawn mower.
The police believe the grenade was hurled by suspected militants from outside but had failed to explode.