The IED exploded on Sunday night at Wangoo Tera Lupa Marup, Kakching district.
The proscribed outfit People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) has claimed responsibility for the attack on Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel at Wangoo Tera Lupa Marup, Kakching district. The attack was part of expressing solidarity to the boycott call given by the proscribed umbrella outfit Coordination Committee (CorCom) for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state on February 22, PREPAK said in a statement.
Two ITBP personnel — Rifleman Girja Shanker (30) and Rifleman Gaurab Rai (26) — were injured on Sunday at around 8 pm after an IED exploded, when they were returning from patrolling duty to their posting place at Wangoo High School, the release by the Department of Publicity and Propaganda of PREPAK stated. It was conducted by the Special Task Force C of the Red Army, PREPAK, it added.
“Two IEDs were planted but only one detonated. It was lucky that the second one didn’t went off as it would have inflicted serious damages,” it said.
The attack by Red Army on the the escort of CRPF Commandant Misra on March 26, 1980 near the erstwhile Women Hospital near Khwairamband Keithel was the first attack on IOF, declaring the armed struggle for independence of Manipur, PREPAK said, and added that since then many such attacks on IOF have been carried out and will continue. The IOF personnel should leave Manipur, if they don’t want to suffer the same fate as the two ITBP personnel, it added.
PREPAK also urged the people to stay away from the “colonial army”, while appealing to the people not to support the visit of the prime minister, whom the proscribed outfit said is coming with a hidden agenda to “destroy Manipur”.