Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Probe into Manipur Raj Bhavan blast

Manipur police chief has ordered probe into the hurling and explosion of bomb in the Raj Bhavan on the evening of December 21 last year which the militant outfit KCP(MC) Lanheiba group claimed responsibility.
Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituting the state home department was assigned to investigate the case in connection with the killing of Konsam Rishikanta Singh, a junior sub-editor of the Imphal Free Press.
The team led by IGP (intelligence) LM Khoute would submit an interim report within a week’s time. The order of the state police chief Y Joykumar stated ‘no time bound period for submission of report’ but added ‘at the earliest’.
On December 21, 2008 at around 5.35 pm, one of the two hand grenades hurled targeting the Raj Bhavan exploded at the south eastern corner and another unexploded grenade was found 10 feet away within the Raj Bhavan complex. No casualties were however reported.
In a follow up, a brief note on the case from SP, Imphal west district stated that operations were conducted by the district police, Imphal west at Napetpalli, Khurai Sajor Leikai in Imphal east, Wangoi and Yurembam in Imphal west district.
During the operation one unknown underground was killed and one .32 pistol was recovered at Wangoi area the next morning. Further operations resulted in the killing of one more unknown militant at Patsoi area with the recovery of one .32 pistol from the deceased, the SP added.
It may be mentioned that in the aftermath of the blast, Manipur government had, as a part of stricter security measures decided to shift government offices standing adjacent to the Raj Bhavan apart from blocking the road on the southern and western sides of the bhavan at night which was met with strong public protest.

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