IMPHAL, June 14: A bomb blast at a roadside laundry shop at Moirangkhom Sougaijam Leirak along the Imphal-Moreh highway left two wounded this afternoon.
The bomb suspected to be a remote controlled Improvised Explosive Device exploded inside a laundry shop around 1pm.
The laundry shop is run by Vijay Rajat, 36, son of Ram Chandra Rajat of Bhojpur district, Bihar presently staying at a rented room in the locality.
While VIjay, who was sleeping inside his shop escaped unhurt, two others were injured.
The two have been identified as Bachaspatimayum Govind, 74, son of Mukta Sharma of Nagamapal Laimayum Leirak, and RK Jhalajit, 45, son of Yaiskul Singh of Janmasthan Yaiskul.
Govind who was standing on the other side of the highway, about 80 feet from the blast site, was hit by splinters on his right side leg. He was rushed to the hospital, immediately.
RK Jhaljit was sitting inside his car parked about 10 metre away from the blast site and speaking to someone on his phone when the loud explosion damaged his ears.
The blast also broke the windshields of his Alto car bearing registration no MN0 1X-7567.
According to Vijay, he was resting after having his lunch when the bomb exploded.
He woke up to a loud sound and found the inside of his shop totally damaged from the explosion.
The bomb could have been planted in one of the many bags of clothes left for ironing, Vijay observed.
Soon after the blast, a large number of Imphal West district police led by additional SP Meghachandra, SDPO Imphal Ghanashyam rushed to the spot and inspected the blast site.
Later on, a team of state bomb experts arrived along with bomb detection equipment and inspected the blast site and its surrounding area.