Blast near Manipur CM’s residence

19 10 2008
10/19/2008 9:18:29 PM

Source: Times Now and CNN IBN
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A huge explosion was reported near Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh’s residence in Imphal at 8.30 pm tonight (Oct 19) when the state police were celebrating their raising day at their headquarters next door. According to the official sources, the explosion took place at a post office near the chief minister’s residence. However, no casualties have been reported.

The explosion which took place at 8.30 pm, happened almost an hour after celebrations began at 7 pm, official sources said.

“We are not certain about the nature of blast. Probably it was a Chinese grenade and a vehicle was used. We have deployed maximum force in the city. We have some suspects we will zero down on soon,” DGP Manipur Y Joykumar Singh told CNN IBN.

The area which has witnessed a few such incidents in the recent past was declared off limits for public vehicles. The restriction was relaxed after the government faced criticism from the people.

The explosion appeared to be of low intensity. It occured in a VIP area. One vehicle was partly damaged according to the sources. The police are in the process of questioning the suspects. The police are also investigating to identify whether this blast has link to the blast that happened earlier.

In Imphal, militant groups like the UMLF and the People Liberation Army are very active.