IMPHAL, November 17: Two persons including a non-local scrap dealer and a 42 year old individual who was waiting for his ward at the school gate were injured and one seriously when a pipe bomb exploded this evening in a freak accident at a scrap dealing shop at Uripok Yambem Leikai.
The two injured persons have been identified as Laishram Kaoba, 42, s/o (L) Tomba of Langthabal Lep and a non-local Opendra Kumar, 36, s/o Sormon Rai of Sitamari, Bihar presently staying in a rented house at Majorkhul.
The incident happened this noon at around 12:30pm near the Heritage Convention School, when the non-local Opendra was cutting some iron pipes using a file at his scrap dealing shop. Mistaking the pipe bomb to be an iron rod, he tried to cut it, however unable to do so; he tried to break it open by hitting with a hammer which resulted in the blast.
The blast injured the scrap dealer and Kaoba who was standing at the gate of Heritage Convention School waiting for his ward.
Meanwhile, the scrap dealer is unaware how the pipe bomb ended up in his shop and added that his scrap pickers could have brought it mistaking it to be iron scrap.
Of the two injured persons, Laishram Kaoba is stated to be serious. The two are presently admitted at the RIMS.
The blast further damaged the windshields of some school vans of the Heritage Convention.
Imphal west police later arrived at the incident site and conducted investigation of the site and its nearby areas.
Meanwhile, in another incident two more non-locals were injured in a bomb attack at Viewland bazar Ukhrul district headquarter.
According to a source, unidentified miscreants suspected to be militant cadres lobbed a hand grenade at Aggarwal Hardware store at the busy Viewland bazar this evening at 5pm. The grenade exploded inside the hardware store injuring two non-local salesmen identified as Vijay Sharma, 45 of Tikai village, Rajasthan and Ashok Rai, 35 of Bihar.
Both the injured individuals have been admitted at the Ukhrul district hospital.
The police later arrived at the scene and have started their investigation; however the police is yet to ascertain the reason behind the attack. No one has yet claimed any responsibity, the source informed.