A low intensity IED blast on Sunday outside the Manipur Assembly Speakers private residence in Singjamei in Imphal West claimed two lives and injured 15,one of them seriously. With the state going to polls on January 28,the blast took place despite heavy security. As many as 300 companies of various paramilitary forces are stationed in Imphal and across the state.
The blast took place around 6.30 pm when Speaker I Hemochandra was attending a poll-related public meeting at a locality nearby. I was not at home when the blast took place but came rushing back from my public meeting as soon as I heard about it. This is a truly sad and shocking incident. There were dozens of party workers in my house at that point. One of my party workers has died while another has lost sight in both his eyes, said Hemochandra.
I have around 15 security personnel. Ten of them had escorted me while five were stationed at my residence. When this happened they immediately opened fire and handled the situation really well, he said.
With the elections coming close,there is tension in the state with a coordination committee (Corcom) of seven underground groups having called a ban against Congress nominees. The Corcom over the past week has brought out lists of Congress workers colony wise and has had the lists issued in the local press as a warning to the party workers. This is the first time however that there has been an attack where people have been killed and injured.
The police suspect that one of the dead is the bomber. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
This does not on the face of it seem like a Corcom attack as so far they had not injured anybody but simply had tried to create a scare. Of course their being involved cannot be ruled out. But this maybe a political conspiracy against me. Nowadays everything is mixed up so its difficult to tell. I dont know why Im being targeted personally, said Hemochandra.