IMPHAL, Aug 13: An improvised explosive device (IED) planted near Lilong Bridge has been defused successful by the bomb squad of Manipur Police at 2:22 pm today.
According to police sources, the bomb was found out by the locals from the western side of NH-39 near Lilong Bridge. A police team moved to the spot quickly.
The IED was controlled by a remote device. It was defused at the spot itself as it was difficult to move to another place.
SDPO Singjamei, Th Bikramjit stated that the powerful bomb could have caused heavy casualty if it happened to blast during rush hour.
The timely action of the police has averted a major tragedy ahead of Independence Day celebration, he said.
SDPO also thanked 28 Assam Rifles for providing smoke candles used to defuse the bomb.
The NH-39 was blocked for two hours until the bomb was defused.