Imphal (Manipur), Aug.15 (ANI): Four persons were injured as a series of bombs exploded in Imphal, Manipur during India's 66th Independence Day celebrations.
According to media reports, the first explosion was reported from Thoubal district at about 8 a.m., another explosion occurred in the Mahabali Temple complex, two others near Sagolband and on the Minuthong Bridge.
The injured were admitted in a nearby district hospital, and their condition was said to be critical.
Manipur, which neighbours Myanmar, is called the Jewel of India for its paddy fields, lakes and green hills. But it has been plagued for decades by a low-intensity war, blamed by authorities on rebels sheltering in Myanmar as well as a stream of drugs and guns seeping through the porous border.
India's policy makers are loath to loosen the emergency shoot-to-kill powers imposed in 1958 in Manipur and other northeastern states for fear of giving oxygen to rebel movements in a region that also borders Bangladesh and China.
Perhaps for the same reason, and despite a drop-off in violence that has killed 3,000 in a decade, India has dallied on plans to turn Manipur into a serious trading corridor with Southeast Asia and Myanmar, which is shaking off decades of isolation and welcoming new investment.(ANI)