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Nine Assam Rifles personnel injured in grenade attack on camp in Imphal

The injured were evacuated to a hospital from the transit camps meant for Assam Rifles troopers, who remain on the move.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2018 10:55 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Imphal
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The troopers sustained splinter injuries and are reported to be out of danger.(HT File Photo)

At least nine personnel of Assam Rifles were injured after unidentified men lobbed grenades inside their well-guarded transit camp in Imphal on Tuesday evening, sources said, in the second such attack on security forces in Manipur.

Most of the personnel sustained minor injury when the two grenades exploded around 5.50pm, official sources said.

The injured were evacuated to a hospital from the transit camps meant for Assam Rifles troopers, who remain on the move.

Manipur’s director general of police (DGP) LM Khaute and top Assam Rifles officials visited the blast site.

Officials did not allow the media to enter the camp near the State Police Commando Complex in Imphal.

Tuesday’s explosion occurred when director general of Assam Rifles Lieutenant General Shokin Chauhan was discussing the security and law and order situation in the state with chief minister N Biren Singh at his official residence.

Singh, who holds the home portfolio, condemned the blast and said necessary steps have been taken up to avoid such incidents in future. He also appealed to the public to bear with the inconveniences while the security forces conduct checking and frisking.

No arrest had been made till the report goes to press and no group has claimed responsibility for the blast.

This is the third explosion in Imphal since January 15 when a blast took place near M Sector, a transit camp of the Indian Army located close to historic Polo Ground in the heart of Imphal city. A 50-year-old sweeper of Imphal Municipal Council was injured in the incident.

On Monday evening, two Assam Rifles personnel were injured when two hand grenades exploded at the Polo Ground, where the Assam Rifles sponsored equestrian championship is being held.

First Published: Feb 06, 2018 23:24 IST