The Telegraph
Thursday , December 20 , 2012
Since 1st March, 1999

Rebels target CRPF tanker
- Blast in convoy path, uproar over firing at actors

Imphal, Dec. 19: A water tanker driver of a private hospital was injured after two bombs exploded in Imphal East today, while the Manipuri film community was up in arms against firing at film artistes attending a concert by an alleged NSCN (I-M) cadre in Chandel district last night.

Police said two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted by militants at a distance of 10 metres exploded within a span of four minutes while a convoy of the CRPF was passing along Porompat road in Imphal East half an hour before the start of the winter session of Manipur Assembly today.

The two bombs exploded when a CRPF water tanker, followed by a bullet-proof vehicle of the paramilitary force, was crossing the site.

The CRPF team was coming to collect water from Porormpat government water reservoir from their post at Lamphel in Imphal West. None of the CRPF personnel were injured, Imphal East superintendent of police Angam Kamei said.

A civilian water tanker belonging to Public Hospital of Imphal city was following the CRPF convoy closely and the driver of the tanker, identified as Saikh Mustaq Ahmed, 38, sustained splinter injuries on his right leg.

He was admitted to the nearby Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences and was discharged after first aid, the police said.

The police said the bombs were exploded using remote control devices. The site of the blast is very close to the office of the Imphal East superintendent of police and Porompat police station.

The police and CRPF launched a search around the blast site. However, no one has been arrested and neither has anyone claimed responsibility.

In the other incident, a gunman, allegedly a member of the NSCN (I-M), fired at a group of film artistes attending a concert at Zaphou, district headquarters of Chandel, last night. No one, however, was injured.

Film Forum Manipur chairman L. Surjakanta told reporters today that the gunman, identified as Living Stone, a senior NSCN (I-M) cadre, entered the green room and not only molested actress Momoco Khangembam but also assaulted her when she resisted.

He shot two rounds at actor H. Guna Sharma and singer S. Prakash when they intervened, said Surjakanta. Fortunately, the shots missed the artistes.

The concert was organised by Mahamani Women Society, a local organisation.

The film community was today up in arms, demanding the arrest and punishment of the culprit.

It took out a rally in Imphal city this afternoon and submitted a memorandum, addressed to chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, to home minister Gaikhangam.

Momoco demanded severest punishment of the culprit.