Manipur capital Imphal hit by low intensity serial blasts on eve of Republic Day
On the eve of Republic Day, low-intensity serial blasts hit Imphal, capital of Manipur, late on Friday. No causality has been reported so far.
The three explosions took place at Manipur Rifles Battalion compound, near Nambul River bank and near Raja Dumbra Singh High School in the city.
Security personnel immediately rushed to the spot with sniffer dog to collect the evidence.
"I was at the shop. Some customers were busy buying things, suddenly we heard explosion. After that everybody came out. Police also came to the spot. I began closing down the shop, but they told me not to shut down.But still I am scared," said Daya Devi, a shopkeeper.
The investigation is underway to nab the culprits.
Security has been tightened in the area, as major insurgent groups had given a call to boycott of the Republic Day celebrations in state.
"We don't want such incidents to take place because we are earning on day-to-day basis. If such attacks take place, it will be hard for us to survive," added Leisha Devi, a local.
More than a dozen insurgent groups have been fighting the government for decades in northeast India, killing thousands in attacks on civilians, troops and paramilitary.
More than 200 ethnic and tribal communities live in the country's strategic northeast made of eight mountainous states and circled by Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and Myanmar.