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Two jawans killed, 6 hurt in IED blast

Two jawans killed, 6 hurt in IED blast”

Two 18 Assam Rifles jawans deployed in Chandel district of Manipur were killed and six injured when suspected insurgents ambushed them on Monday morning. The IED exploded when an Assam Rifles team was patrolling Maha Mani village of Chandel Town, about 64 km from the state capital.

According to the Newspaper, One of the injured later died in the Leimakhong military hospital where he had been taken in a helicopter along with the other wounded personnel.The proscribed outfit Revolutionary People's Front (RPF) said its armed wing People's Liberation Army (PLA) was responsible for the explosion. He further added that soon after the blast additional forces including police commandos rushed to the area and large scale combing operations has already begun and if required, reinforcement will also be sent.Also the CM has given assurance that he has already spoken to the Ministry of Home Affairs and appropriate action will be taken in this regard.

Chief minister N. Biren Singh and senior security officers paid floral tributes to Riflemen Inder Singh and Shohan Lal at a simple function at the Imphal airport.

The Jawans who lost their lives in this blast was, riflemen Indra Singh and Sohan Lan.

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Today's blast is vehemently condemn by Chandel Naga Peoples Organisation (CNPO) and its sub-ordinate bodies. Registering a strong protest against the attack, members of the CNPO along with villagers staged a sit-in-protest at DC Lamkhai, Chandel.

While terming the attack as an act of cowardice, CNPO said that it considered the blast as "a plot to disturb and disrupt the peace talk between GoI and NSCN (IM) which is at the threshold to its logical conclusion".

All shops and business establishment remained closed.



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