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Manipur blast kills two
- Migrant workers targeted again; Ibobi visits injured

Imphal, May 29: Two migrant labourers were killed and 18 injured in a blast at Singjamei Chinga Makhong, on the outskirts of this city in Imphal West, Manipur, this evening.

Police said an improvised explosive device was planted inside a market shed at the foothills of Chinga, a hillock that also has an Assam Rifles post.

“The blast was triggered by remote control around 4.30pm, killing two non-Manipuri migrant labourers. One died on the spot while the other succumbed to his injuries at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS),” a police source said.

The identities of the deceased are yet to be ascertained.

“The 18 injured, one of whom is a woman, were admitted to four hospitals, including the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) and JNIMS,” the police said. Six of the injured are reported to be local people while the others are non-Manipuris. Daily wage earners, a majority of them migrant labourers, assemble at the site where the blast occurred today in search of work everyday.

Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh and commerce and industries minister Govindas Konthoujam visited the injured at RIMS and JNIMS. Ibobi condemned the incident and termed it “barbaric”. The police refused to divulge anything, saying investigations were under way.

Migrant labourers have been targeted in the past by militants in Manipur. Many have since left the state.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh called Ibobi Singh and asked the chief minister to ensure the people responsible for the incident do not go scot-free.


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