VIP security breach: IED blast at MLA`s gate

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IMPHAL, January 15: Despite the intense security measure taken up by state police in various parts of the state capital, unidentified persons triggered a medium Intensity Improvised Explosive Device at the residential gate of Nameirakpam Loken, a member of Legislative Assembly from Nambol Assembly Constituency at Sangaiprou maning Leikai this early morning around 4.

The MLA is also a former minister holding the social welfare, veterinary and animal husbandry portfolios during the ninth Manipur Legislative Assembly.

The IED was placed close to the gate near the foot of the sentry post. The blast damaged a portion of the gate and a wall opposite to the MLA’s residence.

The MLA was present inside his residence during the time of the explosion of the bomb.

Soon after the blast, high ranking officers of the state soon arrived at the spot and inspected the blast site.

According to reliable sources, the bomb threat might have been carried out in connection with some monetary demands served by an underground organisation to the MLA.

Later at around noon, Sangaiprou locals staged a sit in protest decrying the attack.

Speaking to media persons on the sideline of the a sit-in-protest, a woman said that they condemned the bomb attack in a congested residential area and appeal against the perpetrators not to repeat such attacks.

She further demanded clarification from all concerned.

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