Two BSF jawans were killed and three civilians injured in a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion near 49 BSF battalion situated along the National Highway-2, in Imphal on Wednesday afternoon.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh condemned the bomb attack and said his government will not remain a silent spectator to the incident. “We will hunt them down and book them as per law”, he said. He gave the statement during his visit in one of Imphal’s hospital to meet the injured.
“We do not understand the intentions of the perpetrator, the message they are trying to convey. But, they should not forget that nobody is above law”, he continued.
The 49 BSF, which serves as the battalion head quarter of three states of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland, is situated about nearly a kilometer away from at Luwangshangbam residence of the chief minister.
According to information culled out from the spot, the IED explosion occurred around 1.30 pm when the BSF jawan was out on routine sentry duty.
The IED ripped off at the side of the highway near a grocery shop situated adjacent to the battalion gate. The blast was so powerful that it not only injured five people also badly damaged the grocery shop.
The injured were immediately evacuated to different hospitals of Imphal but two BSF jawan succumbed to their injuries at RIMS hospital.
The deceased jawan have been identified as riflemen NN. Meitei (30) and Sanjay Tirki (28) while the inured civilians are identified as H. Mubi (35), M. Premlata (40) and Bindya Thakuri (19). The grocery shop owner M. Premlata is said to be in critical condition. While a forensic team arrived to investigate the blast site, top officials of Manipur police and the BSF also rushed at the spot.
This incident comes just a day after similar attack took place on Assam Rifles post in which a jawan was injured. READ | Assam Rifles jawan injured in grenade attack in Imphal
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