Blasts shatter morning calm, Kangpokpi protests

IMPHAL/KANGPOKPI, 3rd Nov: Unknown persons triggered two explosions at Imphal and Kangpokpi district in a span of less than an hour on Saturday with the Kangpokpi blast sparking public outrage.
The Kangpokpi explosion, second within a fortnight occurred around 3.45 am while the blast at Kwakeithel in Imphal West district took place about 45 minutes later.
The second blast, which is suspected to be remote controlled IED exploded in front of a cement and iron store at Kwakeithel under Singjamei police station.
The explosive device, which was wrapped in a polythene bag was found in front of LYS Sales and Private Limited near Kwakeithel market at about 4.30 am by family members of the store owner. The bomb went off as they were trying to inform police. The blast caused damage to some parts of the shutter of the store.
Soon police teams went there to assess the situation. CCTV footage showed two men on a two-wheeler vehicle placing the bomb shortly before the explosion. Police suspect that the bomb might be an IED controlled from nearby by a remote controller.
Earlier, an explosion shattered the morning calm in Kangpokpi town on Saturday. It occurred at around 3.45 pm and close to the spot of the earliest blast that occurred some weeks back.
The deafening blast rudely awoke residents of Kangpokpi town from their deep slumber and created panic among the innocent local populace.
As the denizens trooped out from their houses, it was found that the impact of the explosion caused damage to the shutter of M/s Manoj Store in the heart of the town.
Several splinter marks were also visible on the concrete walls of the shop located close to office of Kangpokpi Women Welfare Organisation.
The ill-fated shop belongs to one Tutu Pandey, a resident of Kangpokpi Ward No 5.
All shops belonging to non-local community remained closed for the day in protest against the attack on the wholesaler while Kangpokpi police has registered a regular case under FIR No. 31(11) 2018 KPI P/S U/S 400 IPC & 3 Explosives Substances Act, for investigation.
Meanwhile, local populace carried out a mass peaceful rally on Saturday afternoon in denunciation of the ‘bomb culture’ at Kangpokpi district headquarters and demanded that the perpetrators shun violence in acknowledgement of the locals’ yearning to live in peace in the town.
The rally participants put up placards which read, “Stop planting bomb”, “We condemn bomb culture at Kangpokpi DHQ”, “Stop bomb culture”, etc.
After proceeding towards the DC’s office via IT Road, the public representatives met the DC Kangpokpi and other district level officials and demanded fool-proof security measures so that the innocent denizens could feel secure.
It may be mentioned that on October 19 morning a low intensity bomb exploded in front the residence of ADC Sadar Hills chairman Haokholal Hangshing ahead of Chief Minister’s visit to Kangpokpi town to inaugurate Nute Kailhang (women’s market).
Right side of the rear door of a Maruti Swift car (MN-06-LA-0171) was damaged in the blast apart from the impact creating a crater of about 1 feet diameter. Bomb splinters also hit concrete wall near the blast site.
Leaders of various CSOs including local bodies under the aegis of Kuki Inpi Kangpokpi district strongly condemned frequent incidents of triggering bombs in Kangpokpi DHQ. They expressed grave concern that failure to check such anti-social activities will cause serious disturbance to the prevailing peaceful co-existence among the people in the town. They also highlighted that such terrible incident will only create fear psychosis among the peace loving people and no development could take place in the town under such volatile condition. The CSOs further called upon the perpetrators to desist from any activities that threaten the life and property of the citizens and stressed that it time for all to promote peace and facilitate overall development and progress of the society.

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