One soldier killed, 3 hurt in Manipur blasts

 IMPHAL, March 7 – One soldier of 28 Rajputana Rifles was killed in Manipur’s Tengnoupal district and three others were wounded in a series of blasts in the State on Tuesday, an official said here today.Floral tributes were paid to the slain soldier on Wednesday at the Imphal International Airport before his body was flown to his hometown.

Governor Najma Heptulla, who paid floral tributes on behalf of the State government, urged one and all to shun violence. “While we sleep peacefully, the soldiers remain awake to ensure our safety,” she said.

According to police, there were three serial blasts near Boundary Pillar No. 67 along the Manipur-Myanmar border at Khengjoi, where the camp of 28 Rajputana Rifles is located.

One army personnel was killed on the spot and three others sustained shrapnel injuries in the blasts.

A few hours later, another bomb was detonated near the Assam Rifles camp fencing near the government offices at North AOC in Imphal. However, there were no casualties.

Another bomb was exploded near the Community Development Office at Khengjoi at 3.30 pm on Tuesday. No casualties were reported in this blast as well.

No insurgent group has so far claimed responsibility for the blasts, police said. – IANS & PTI

Dimapur Correspondent adds: The NSCN-IM has clarified that it has nothing to do with the encounter between the 13th Sikh Light Infantry and a group of unknown militants in the Zeliangrong region of Noney district in Manipur on March 5, which claimed the life of an Indian Army personnel.

In a release issued by the outfit on Tuesday evening, the NSCN-IM strongly refuted the charge as baseless and alleged that it was levelled without properly ascertaining the facts. The NSCN-IM also demanded that the militant group responsible for the attack on the Indian Army should owe responsibility.

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