Manipur Legislative Assembly Speaker Y. Khemchand on Saturday termed Friday’s grenade attack inside the Assembly complex as an act of “terrorism”. Two Manipur police personnel and a BSF Jawan who were guarding the complex were injured when a hand grenade hurled inside the premises of the Assembly exploded.
The proscribed United National Liberation Front (UNLF) has claimed responsibility for the act.
“Exploding a bomb inside the Assembly complex which is considered to be the temple of democracy is nothing but an act of terrorism”, the speaker said, while questioning the motive behind the act when “human race” is longing for peace.
“I strongly condemn the attack. It is very unfortunate that this happened at a time when the state is gearing up for the Sangai festival which will be graced by international delegates”, he added.
Clarifying that there were no security lapses, the speaker informed that efforts by the law enforcement agency are underway to nab the culprit.
The Speaker and staff of the Manipur State Legislative Assembly secretariat also today staged a sit-in demonstration at the gate of the complex to protest against the attack.
In a statement, the UNLF said that the attack was carried out by the outfit’s armed wing Manipur People Army (MPA). It also warned of more attacks against the “Indian Occupation Forces” (IOF) until the lost sovereignty of Manipur is regained.
This is the second attack carried out by the banned outfit (UNLF) in less than a month targeting security personnel in Imphal city. On October 20, the group had targeted a CRPF truck in the busy street of Imphal’s Nagamapal, killing a jawan and critically injuring another.