By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | Nov 13
At least two jawans of the 18 Assam Rifles were killed and six other sustained injuries in a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion suspected to be triggered by militants early morning today in Mahamani village of Chandel district headquarter.
According to reports, the IED exploded around 6.10 am when the AR team was on routine patrol duty.
The bomb ripped off from a roadside near the district veterinary office, just a stone throw away from the 18 AR battalion gate and about a kilometer away east of the Chandel police station.
It is learnt that the explosion killed one jawan on the spot and injured seven others.
One of the injured jawans however also succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital. All the other injured have been reportedly evacuated to Leimakhong military hospital.
The deceased jawans have been identified as one Indira Singh and Sohanlal while the injured are identified as S. Sarkar, N. Shyam Kumar, Tirendra Nath Das, Ram Govind Singh, Nirmal Roy and Lalnunpuia.
Soon after the blast additional forces including police commandos rushed to the blast site to take stock of the situation.
Denouncing the bomb attack locals of Mahamani village and surrounding areas in association with Naga Chief’s Association Chandel staged a sit in protest demonstration at DC Lamkhai.
Many civil bodies of Chandel district led by the apex Chandel Naga People’s Organiastion (CNPO) also strongly condemned the IED blast.
In a statement the CNPO said the Naga people of Chandel have been living in peace, tranquility and harmony for many years.
We consider it as an act of cowardice and a plot to disrupt peace talks between the Centre and NSCN (IM) which is at the threshold to its logical conclusion, it contended.
Demanding a clarification from the perpetrator the motive behind the attack by midnight of November 15, it threatened to impose 24-hour total bandh from midnight of November 15 to 16 on Pallel to Chandel and Moreh road if the perpetrator failes to comply with the demand.
The Naga Chief Association, Chandel, Anal Naga Tangpi, BJP Chandel also in a release strongly condemned the blast.