Manipur, 28 Feb: Tensions arise ahead of the Manipur, March 4th and 8th polls when a bomb was recovered and diffused in Imphal today; just hours ahead of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s election rally. According to police forces, the explosive was planted in Khongman Bashikhong Turel Mapal area in Imphal East district, just outside a residential building. The bomb was planted approximately 6 kilometres from the venue where Rahul is scheduled to address a rally as per agency reports.
Last week, police recovered two hand grenades in West Imphal district of Manipur, a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to hold a rally. The grenades were found outside the houses of two BJP leaders. According to news agency PTI, one Chinese-made hand grenade was found near the gate of BJP candidate Soibam Subhachandra’s residence at Ningombam Leikai, 9 km away from the rally venue, while the other was found in front of BJP worker O Sunil’s residence in Thoubal district, nearly 40 km away from the venue.
The state will go to polls on March 4 and 8.