Protest rally against Pangei blast

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IMPHAL, March 18 (Newmai News Network): A protest rally was carried out today against the March 15 RDX blast of Pangei in the outskirt of Imphal that had claimed a life of a nine year old girl and injured scores others. The protestors then demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident.

During the rally today, Women Action for Development secretary Sobita Devi demanded that the state government should make every citizen to lead a secure life.

On March 15, the RDX blast inside a house killed a nine-year old girl and another five wounded in Pangei near Manipur Police Training College under Heingang police station in Imphal East district.

The blast had occurred at around 8:40 am inside a rented house of Pebam Jilla, a retired jamander of 8 Manipur Rifles at Pangei Lairam Mapal about 15 km from the capital Imphal. Jilla, hailing from Nambol Khabi in Bishnupur district, and his family are reported to have been staying at the rented house for a couple of years.

The explosion suspected to be caused by a powerful RDX killed Jilla’s nine-year old daughter named Pebam Bebinao on the spot and his second wife Memmi, 45, Pebam Memcha, 35, daughter of Jilla, and her three daughters—Anjali,17, Pretty,8 and Tracy, 3 were injured in the blast.

They were shifted to Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) and that two among the injured were stated to be critical, according to some doctors there.

Police had said they believed a timer bomb suspected to be a powerful RDX planted inside the residence of Jilla was incidentally went off when his daughter, Bebina who died in the blast tried to identify it.

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