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MOREH| Oct 22
An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was found planted under the trailer of a garbage tractor in the early morning hours of October 22. The tractor belongs to Worker and Trader’s Association, Moreh (WATAM) and it was parked over the RCC Bridge near Moreh Town Parking on NH-102.
Upon receiving information, a team of police personnel including additional SP of Moreh and Tengnoupal districts, Kh. Robinsun; SDPO Moreh, Sandeep Gopaldas; DSP, CDO Moreh, Thomas Thokchom and OC, Moreh, Letkhohao Vaiphei rushed to the spot immediately to take stock of the situation. The highway was barred from the public while the police team waited for the bomb expert team to arrive.
At around 1:30 pm in the afternoon, the team of bomb experts arrived and confiscated the bomb from the site in thirty minutes. A bomb expert stated that the IED was made of a local-made rocket propelled grenade. In order to diffuse it, the IED was taken away to a jungle near Holenphai village situated around seven kilometres from Moreh town.
In the meantime, a sit-in protest was staged at the front of Moreh Ima Keithel by members of WATAM, Kha Nongpok Apunba Nupi Lup and Nupi Khunai Chaokhat Lamjing Lup in protest against the planting of the bomb.
In addition, Moreh town has been witnessing an influx of tourists and shoppers in the wake of the upcoming festival season in the State, and the planting of the bomb at the market road itself has created an atmosphere of public apprehension. The blockage of the Highway due to the incident had also resulted in numerous vehicles leaving from Moreh and those coming from Imphal to Moreh using the narrow bypass road while the narrowness of the bypass road has subsequently led to a huge number of big vehicles being stuck along the side of the highway.
Meanwhile, various CVOs of Moreh has condemned the incident at RCC Bridge on NH 102 terming it as a “dastardly” act.
A joint release from Hill Tribal Council (HTC), Moreh; Meitei Council Moreh (MCM); Gorkha Samaj, Moreh; All Community Development Organisation, Moreh (ACODOM); Tamil Sangam, Moreh and Manipur Muslim Council Moreh (MMCM) has appealed the perpetrators not to repeat such acts of intimidation of the public in the future.