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Blast from garbage pile triggers Imphal clean-up

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The Times Of India
07th November, 2019 12:39 IST

IMPHAL: The roads in Imphal city have all been cleaned up by the Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) since Tuesday's blast at Thangal Bazar. This comes after Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday night inspected the blast site and inspected all roads in Imphal city - including Thangal Bazar, Paona Bazar and Bir Tikendrajit road - and said the rebels took advantage of the garbage piles and waste littered on the roads to plant bombs.

At least five policemen, including an additional superintendent of police, and a civilian were injured in the explosion.

Biren, who also holds the home portfolio, instructed police personnel on duty, to remain on high alert to foil any subversive activities in the future.

When contacted, municipal commissioner of IMC Chandrakumar Singh said the civic body staff worked till late in the night across all areas in the city that fall under its jurisdiction, and cleaned up the litter.

"Because of back-to-back festivals Ningol Chakhouba (the biggest festival of Manipur women) on October 29 and October 30, followed by Diwali , after which there was a two-day shutdown called by the apex civil body CORCOMI on October 31 and November 1, the corporation could not clean up the city," the commissioner said.

"Nevertheless, the corporation began cleaning the garbage from November 2. Following instructions from the state government, the cleaning exercise accelerated till late on Tuesday night," he added.

Some NGOs, which have been outsourced by the IMC to clean up other areas that are not covered by the corporation, have also taken up the similar tasks, the commissioner said.

Meanwhile, civilian Krishna Gurung from Pangei Nepali Basti in Imphal East, who received minor splinter injuries in Tuesday's blast, has been discharged from hospital.

Residents of Langthabal in Imphal west, on Wednesday, staged a demonstration at a local market, denouncing the twin explosions in crowded areas of Imphal city in the past one week.

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