Monday, February 6, 2023

IED planted in busy market in Imphal


Suspected militants planted a powerful IED near a shop in a busy market at Andro Parking in Imphal city on Saturday.
Experts of the state police bomb detection and disposal squad took about an hour to defuse the four kg weight remote control fitted IED in an aluminum pot (locally known as korphu).
The police said that the IED was found in an unattended nylon carry bag discovered by the salesmen of CIA Enterprises, a shop dealing with spare parts of motors at Andro Parking under Porompat police station of Imphal East district.
The salesmen informed about the unattended carry bag with an aluminum pot in it, around 11 am, following which the police immediately rush to the spot. They immediately installed two jammers while asking all people in and around the shop and other adjacent shops to vacate the place. The police also closed the traffic along the Imphal-Yairipok inter-district road passing through the area as precautionary security measure before calling out experts of the state police bomb detection and disposal squad.
The experts took about an hour to defuse the IED. Upon further examination, the experts found a remotely controlled device fitting on the IED.
The police evacuated the defused IED and disposed it at an open place at the foothill of Baruni hills in Imphal East district later.
It was only after the IED was defused that the police reopened the road for normal traffic.
Even though the motive behind the planting of the powerful IED near the shop was not immediately ascertained, the police suspect suspected it was planted for monetary demand by a militant group.
The shop belongs to Wahengbam Chengcheng Singh (33) of Wangoi Wahengbam Leikai who was not available for a comment.
No militant group owned the responsibility for planting the bomb till the time of filing this report.
The Porompat police station registered a case and initiated investigation to ascertain the motive behind the planting of the bomb, the source said.

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