Twin blast greets New Year, none injured

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IMPHAL, January 2: The New Year was greeted with explosions as two powerful Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) exploded in the morning of January 1, in Singjamei area Imphal West district.

The first explosion occurred at Singjamei Chakpram Leikai, around 5.49 am which was followed minutes after by another  along Nambul River bank near Manipur College, around 6 am.

However, no human casualties were reported during the twin blasts.

It is yet to be ascertained as to why the explosions were triggered as no militant groups or individuals have claimed responsibility till the filing of this report.

Meanwhile, armed miscreants had also planted a hand grenade at the premises of Huidrom (o) Chandrabala Devi, wife of H Dijen Singh of Uyal Awang Leikai under Thoubal police station on January 1.

Chandrabala is reportedly the acting Pradhan of Wangbal Gram Panchayat.

Sources said that the bomb was found inside the saw-mill which is located just near the front gate of the premises around 7.30.

The bomb was later retrieved by a team of Thoubal Police led by one SI Churachand Singh.

Meanwhile, commuters along the Imphal-Sugnu Road at Umathel Lamkhai were left panic stricken after a suspicious object believed to be a bomb was found by locals. As part of a preventive measure, traffic along the route was sealed for a few hours. The object, however, turned out to be a mobile handset.

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