Security measures enhanced in Imphal following series of bomb attacks

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IMPHAL, April 25 (Newmai): Manipur police tightened security measures in Greater Imphal area following a series of bomb blasts and threats to schools and private residences in the last few days. Twin hand grenade explosions near the office of Manipur Mountaineering Trekking Association (MMTA) at Minuthong in Imphal injured a civilian on the night of April 22, the same day a bomb was planted near Little Flower School at Sangaiporou in Imphal.

While residence of Imphal’s Haobam Marak were protesting against planting of an IED at the residential gate of retired executive engineer of the locality, a residence of a doctor in Thangmeiband was attacked with a hand grenade late Wednesday night.

The blast at the residence of Dr Thokchom Chito, head of cardiothoracic department of RIMS was reported at around 11.40 pm on Wednesday. Except damages to the main entrance gate, a car parked in the front courtyard of the house, no human casualty was reported in the blast.

Denouncing triggering explosives at thickly populated areas, locals of Thangmeiband Hijam Debwan Leikei staged a protest on Thursday at the locality. Meanwhile, at least 32 people were picked up by police during cordon and search operations launched by the police commandos at two places in Imphal area.

In search operations covering Wahengbam Leikai, Jiri Parking, Maharani Bridge and Beigo Hotel, the police verified around 175 persons and 17 of them were detained and handed over to City police station for further verification.

In another such operation covering Thangal Bazar and Nagamapal  upto Khoyathong on Thursday afternoon, 312 person were verified and 15 of them were picked up and handed over to City police for further verification. The cordon and search operations were conducted as a part of enhancement of security measures being taken up by the district police following the series of bomb blasts and threats at residential areas, a police officer said.

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