IMPHAL, Sept 20 (Newmai): Assam Rifles said on Thursday that a huge Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that was readied to be exploded in Manipur on the ‘raising day’ of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) exploded accidentally at the PLA camp in Indo-Myanmar border and killed 3 PLA cadres on September 18.
“A huge blast was heard by the villagers of the bordering belt of Kamjong district on September 18 from across the Indo-Myanmar border,” said the office of the Inspector General of Assam Rifles, South Sector (IGAR-S). It also said that the blast took place in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) camp from across the border in Aungjiya village at around 9:30 pm on the day. “Sources have reported that the blast has claimed lives of 3 PLA men; namely, Mangba, Shyam Singh and Nandu, and inflicted grave injuries on two others,” the IGAR-S added.
Quoting the locals, the IGAR-S said that some cadres of PLA cadres had been preparing a huge Improvised Explosive Device (IED) to cause maximum damage and unprecedented mayhem inside the state of Manipur in the run-up to their ‘raising day’ on September 25.
The IGAR-S then said that, the next day, Chassad Battalion of Assam Rifles in Kamjong district recovered a huge remote controlled IED weighing about 8 kg. It was reported by some locals of Khangpat khullen village that a suspicious object was lying on the Kamtong-Skipe road. “Parties were immediately launched by 31 Assam Rifles Battalion and after a deliberate operation the RCIED was recovered at around 5 pm,” it also said. The recovery has confirmed the desperate attempts by PLA to show their continued relevance in times when rest of the Manipur is steadily progressing towards peace and development, the IGAR-S further said. “This IED was placed under the expertise of ‘Major’ Humi of PLA on the route that is a lifeline for the Tangkhuls and Kukis residing in the bordering region of Kamjong district,” it added.
According to the IGAR-S, for the accidental explosion in Aungjyar and timely and accurate intelligence from Manipur Police and swift action by Assam Rifles, PLA would certainly have succeeded in their aim of causing multiple deaths of innocents; and for nothing but justifying their pitiful existence.