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An explosion amid enhanced security measures on the eve of Republic Day celebration in Ukhrul district headquarters in Manipur left four people injured, including two women.

The police suspected a hand grenade that exploded at Gandhi Circle of Ukhrul district on January 25, around 5.15 pm.

The bomb went off inside the premises of the Gandhi statue that injured four persons including two women who were nearby the blast site. They sustained splinter injuries.

With minor splinter injuries, they were rushed to the Ukhrul district hospital. The injured persons have been identified as Manaowon (60) of Chingai village, Angayung (39) from Lamlang village, Wonyao Kasar (35) of Phungyar and P Leishingam (37).

As the injuries were not serious, they were discharged after medical treatment, the source said.

The impact of the blast also damaged windshields of some vehicles parked nearby.

Soon after the blast, police and Assam Rifles rushed to the spot and conducted spot enquiry after cordoned off the area.

No armed group owned up the blast till the time of filing this report.

The blast was triggered at a time when enhanced security measures were in place in view of the Republic Day on January 26.

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