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Youth dies in Manipur IED blast

Imphal, Jan. 7: A youth was killed in a bomb explosion at Kwatha Lamkhai along the Imphal-Moreh road in Chandel district last night while a man’s bullet-riddled body was recovered this morning in Imphal East.

Police said the youth died when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off near Kondong Lairembi temple at Kwatha Lamkhai, about 10km from the border township of Moreh around 8.50 last evening.

The victim, identified as Thangminlen Haokip, 29, was a resident of Moreh ward 9.

“We are investigating the case. It appears that the bomb exploded while the victim was either carrying it or trying to plant it on the road,” a police source at Moreh said.

The police, however, could not say whether the victim was a militant or a civilian.

A motorcycle and two dry cells were recovered from the blast site.

The incident assumes significance as it happened a day ahead of today’s tour by social welfare minister A.K. Meerabai and officials of his department to Moreh town to attend an annual women’s gathering.

The minister’s team left Imphal for Moreh around 11am today and will stay overnight in the town before returning to the capital tomorrow.

Security has been tightened in and around the border town in view of the minister’s visit.

On the other hand, residents of Moreh ward 9 today staged a sit-in in the village demanding the truth behind yesterday’s explosion.

In another incident, the bullet-riddled body of a man was recovered this morning at Changamdabi Loukon (paddy fields) under Yairipok police station of Thoubal district.

The police said the man, who was around 30 years old, was yet to be identified.

The body has been kept at the mortuary of the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences here for post mortem and identification.

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