Powerful IED blast at EE residence in Manipur The second blast in 24 hours
However, another IED exploded in Imphal for the second time in 24 hours, causing severe damage to the property of a Manipur government executive.
Suspected militants detonated their explosives at around 4am on Friday in the front yard of State Agriculture Department Executive Engineer (EE) RK Varinder’s house in Khurai Thoidingjam Leikai under Porompat Police Station in Imphal East District.
The blast severely damaged the front of the house and damaged five four-wheelers parked nearby, including two in the neighborhood.
No casualties were reported as family members were asleep at the time of the blast and had woken up from the blast, he said.
Police, citing CCTV footage from the area, said one of the two unidentified men got into a car and planted explosives five minutes before the blast, which was suspected to be an IED.
Immediately after the blast, Imphal East District Police arrived on the scene and investigated the scene with teams from the Forensic Science and State Police Bomb Disposal and Disposal Squad.
Spot results show that it was a powerful IED that was activated.
The blast was so powerful that it blew away the wooden frames of the two front windows of the house. He also smashed the windows of GI Sheet, a neighbor’s house.
Police suspect the militants blew up in connection with a financial demand because the EE revealed that it had demanded money over the phone from a militant group.
This is the second time in less than 24 hours that suspected militants have mobilized IEDs in the Imphal area. On Thursday morning, they activated a powerful IED in front of a motor spare parts store in Nagamapal, in the center of the capital.
No casualties were reported in the blast.
Meanwhile, locals in Khari area today protested against the blast in the yard of a house in a densely populated area.
They allege that the blast spread panic among the residents of the area as the house where the IED exploded was connected to a petrol pump.
He expressed grave concern that if one of the wrecked cars caught fire and it spread to the petrol pump, many innocent lives could be lost in the blast.