Two AR men hurt in twin blasts at capital city

Two Assam Rifles soldiers suffered splinter injuries when two grenades hurled by unidentified persons exploded almost simultaneously at the historic Imphal pologround, locally known as Mapal Kangjeibung Monday evening.

Both the grenades exploded almost simultaneously at about 5.30pm.

Notably, Mapal Kangjeibung has been hosting 15th DGAR Sentinel cup equestrian championship and 9th state equestrian championship jointly organised by Manipur Equestrian Association and 6 Assam Rifles of 9 sector Assam IGAR (South) under the aegis of IGAR(South).

The injured AR soldiers are identified as warrant officer Uttamkumar Pun (52) son of late Nanda Bahadur Pun of Mizoram and rifleman Manbahadur Limbu (38) son of late Dhanbash Limbu of Sikkim. Uttamkumar suffered splinter injuries on both his legs and right shoulder and Dhanbash Limbu on his right thigh and left abdomen. Both of them were rushed to RIMS hospital for treatment.

According to sources, Monday’s proceeding of the ongoing equestrian championships concluded at about 2.30pm. At the time when some Assam Rifles personnel were assembling materials used for the championship, two hand-grenades exploded, one inside the makeshift tent used for preparing foods and the other just outside the tent, sources said, adding that police recovered one grenade lever around six metres from the first blast and another lever 5/6 metres away from the second blast site.

Both the injured soldiers were standing nearby the tent when the bombs exploded.

The distance between the spot where the grenades exploded and the northern wall of pologround is around 25/30 metres and on the west of the spot is public gallery and MPP office.

Top police officers including DIG Jayanta, Imphal West SP Thempting Ngasangva and others rushed to the spot immediately after the blasts and conducted search operation in Pologound area, Paona bazar and Thangal bazar but no arrest was made.

Mention may be made here that final matches of the ongoing equestrian championships will be played on Tuesday and the area has been under strict vigil of Assam Rifles. Manipur Equestrian Association has strongly condemned the twin blasts at Imphal pologround which left two Assam Rifles personnel injured and termed the incident as unfortunate. While praying for speedy recovery of two injured soldiers, the association also appealed to perpetrators not to repeat such acts in future.

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