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Security stepped up in Imphal after blast

Security measures in Imphal have been tightened after a grenade blast killed a CRPF jawan on Saturday evening.

In a search operation conducted as part of tightened security measures, police picked up 37 youth for further verification from the city’s Thangal Bazar area on Sunday afternoon.The youth were detained as they failed to produce any documents to establish their identities, a police officer taking part in the operation said. The search operation was conducted under the supervision of its SP West district police Jogeshchandra Haobijam, who conducted search operations at various places in Thangal Bazar.

On Saturday, at around 6.15 pm, a hand grenade, which the CRPF claimed was lobbed by suspected militants at a CRPF vehicle in the city’s Nagamapal Bazar area, exploded killing a CRPF jawan and injuring another. Immediately after the blast, police tightened security across the city area, particularly in the market places. State chief minister N Biren Singh had promised to book the culprit(s) involved in the blast and strongly condemned the incident. The chief minister visited the injured CRPF personnel at RIMS hospital last night. He said investigations had already started and that the culprits would be nabbed soon.

 PTI adds: A day after a CPRF personnel was killed in a grenade blast at Nagampal area of Imphal West district, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has said his government has “initiated a probe” into the incident and those found guilty will face action.

Umesh M Helavar, the deceased CRPF jawan, was a part of a contingent that was returning to their camp at Lamphel in Imphal West from Kangpokpi district on Saturday. Another personnel, N Ramaranjan, sustained serious injuries in the attack.

The explosion is the second in the state since the early hours of Friday when an IED explosion occurred at Kangpokpi district, a few hours ahead of CM’s programme. Singh, who visited the injured CRPF personnel at a hospital here on Saturday, said it was an unfortunate incident in a state that has largely been living in peace.

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