IED blast in Thoubal

A person died while four others were injured when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off in Manipur’s Thoubal district on May 30, police said.

The deceased person along with the injured were from West Bengal.

Reports said that the explosion occurred at a community hall in central Manipur’s Thoubal district.

Police said that the IED was detonated through a remote control, seriously injuring five people.

The injured were immediately taken to the Thoubal district hospital, where Pankaj Mahato, 21, succumbed to his injuries.

The blast occurred when the workers were sleeping at the community hall at Khongjom.

The five workers were engaged by a private company to construct a water tank.

Police led by senior officials have rushed to the spot in Thoubal, 50 km south of the state capital Imphal, and launched a search operation to nab the perpetrators.

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh, who also holds the home portfolio, condemned the blast, terming the attack as an act of cowardice.

“Targeting innocent workers who are working for their livelihood and developmental projects in Manipur are an act of cowardice,” Singh told the media.

Even as the motive behind the attack remains unclear and the attackers were not identified yet, the police have registered a case in the Khongjom police station in connection with the incident and launched a probe.

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