Some suspected militants lobbed a hand grenade at the gate of residence of a forest official in Imphal East district in the wee hours of Monday. The explosion damaged window windshields of under construction building of the said official identified as Seram Shashikumar (59), of Nongmeibung under Porompat police station of Imphal East district. There is no report of human casualty.
Shashikumar is serving as a range officer in the Manipur Forest department and currently posted at Chakpikarong of Chandel district.
According to a police source, the bomb lobbed by miscreants exploded early morning, around 4.15 am. The police who rushed to the spot recovered a safety-pin and remnants of the bomb. The police suspect monetary demand from a militant group as the motive behind the triggering of the explosive at the residence of the government officer.
As disclosed by the family members, the police said, the officer recently received a demand letter from a faction of armed group KCP (Kangleipak Communist Party).
The explosion took place at the residential area in Imphal amid the enhanced security measures across the Imphal following recent series of bomb threats to various government officers.
Recently, suspected militants triggered an explosion at a place close to the official quarter of superintendent of RIMS hospital near the main entrance gate of the medical institution. A woman passerby sustained splinter injuries in the blast.
At the two instances, the police have also recovered two hand grenades at the houses of two individuals including a staff of the state consumer affairs, food and public distribution. Since then, the police have been conducting search operations at selected places.
Continuing the operation, a team of Imphal West district police commandos conducted a search operation at Nagamapal area of the city today morning.
During the operation, of around 100 individuals verified during the operation, five of them who could not produce documents that can establish their identities were picked up and handed over to the City police station for further verification.