Thursday, December 20, 2012

Serial blasts rock Imphal, one killed, four hurt in three incidents First blast barely 100 metres from IE PS

IMPHAL, Dec 19 : One person has been killed while four others were injured in three blasts that rocked Imphal today.

52 year old Maibam Bira of Kha Maibam Leikai died when two unidentified persons on a two wheeler lobbed a hand grenade at the courtyard of one Laishram Kheda, a special contractor at Kakwa Maibam Leikai today at about 5 .30 pm.

Bira along with two others were working at the courtyard when the hand grenade exploded.

The three injured were rushed to Raj Poly Clinic, but Bira, who bore the impact of the blast, passed away shortly later.

His two co-workers who have been admitted to Raj Poly Clinic have been identified as Lourembam Manja (40) of Kha Maibam Leikai and Oinam Sanyayaima (42) of Liwa Lambi Oinam Leikai.

On immediate receipt of the information a team of Imphal West police commandos rushed to the site of the blast and gave a hot chase along Heirangoithong-MU road, exchanging gun fire with the fleeing men.

In the exchange of gun fire, a 25 year old youth who was driving a Maruti Alto car was hit by a bullet on the back.

The injured youth has been identified as Thongbam Romesh (25). He has been admitted to Shija hospital.

Earlier in the day a water tanker driver was injured while a CRPF convoy vehicle was damaged as two blasts were triggered one after the other near Star Sporting Ground, around 100 metre east of Imphal East PS along Imphal East DC Road.

The first blast went off around 10.15am today near Star Sporting Ground. The place where the incident occurred is located around 90 metres away from Imphal East DC Complex and 100 m away from Imphal East PS.

The injured driver has been identified as Sheikh Mustaf Ahmed (35) s/o (L) Abdul Mallika of Hapta Gulapati Mayai Leikai. He is a water tanker driver of Public Hospital. The vehicle (MN-1K/2062) he drove was also damaged.

He received splinter injury at the right leg and is being treated at JN Hospitals.

Few seconds later, another explosion went off at a drain near the Gate of Modern College along the DC Road, a few metres away from the spot where the first bomb exploded.

The second blast occurred just when the convoy vehicles of 143 CRPF escorting a water tanker passed off the area, sources said. One of the CRPF’s vehicles (AR-11W/6752) was damaged and its tyre deflated.

Following the twin blasts, police personnel and bomb experts led by Imphal East SP cordoned off the area. Other than the recovery of explosives splinters, no suspected item has been detected nor any arrest made.

Police suspected the bombs that went off were made of improvised explosive device (IED). No group has claimed responsibility for the incident so far.

SCHOOL BUS DRIVER Main accused in the Sunday night rape case

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NEW DELHI: His attempt to stand up for his 22-year-old friend inthe face of comments by seven drunken strangers, questioning her liberty to travel so late at night, proved near fatal for both According to police, it was when he asked Ram Singh, the prime accused, who had questioned his friend’s morality by her decision to travel in his company after dark’ and was reeking of alcohol, to mind his own business that all hell broke lose in the white luxury’ bus which the couple had boarded from a bus stop just 15 minutes ago.

“In his statement, the victim, who is a qualified engineer and used to work in HCL till recently before deciding to quit and prepare for the civil services examination, has claimed that the men made comments to the effect that ‘only prostitutes chose to travel with men at the time’ that they were travelling” said an officer
Sources claimed the victim’s friend, the son of a lawyer from Gorakhpur, claimed to have known the woman for two years. and had met her to watch the afternoon screening of ’The life of P1’ at Saket Select Citywalk.

Incensed at his comment, he walked over to Ham Singh and.• asked him to watch,his mouth before he was allegedly provoked once again and,hit  Singh in reaction. “The other men then intervened in the scuffle that had just been triggered during which first their phones — two which were being used by the woman and one which was in the possession of her friend — were snatched. Then they were assaulted with iron rods the officer said.

A strike behind his head had sent him plummeting to the floor of the bus as it took turn after turn below the Mahipalpur flyover. Two men pinned him down as four others, including Singh, began raping the voman. His three other associates joined him later. “All that the man could recollect of the bus was that it was white, had ‘Yadav’ embossed on its side, had red seats, thick yellow curtains and silvergrey alloy wheels,” the officer said. According to sources, investigations proceeded on the line that the said bus was probably being used to ferry children from a south Delhi school. One such bus with a similar description was seized on Monday afternoon. Another of similar description, police said, had been seized from Noida Sector 15 and another from Sector 30.

Police said Ram Singh, arrested on Monday evening, drives the bus in which the gang- rape occurred, for two promient. schools — one in.pushp Vihar and the other at Noida. “Singh and six others had run out of booze, the men decided to go out looking for fare and buy more booze,” the officer added.