IMPHAL, JANUARY 28: The proscribed People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) has claimed responsibility for triggering an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion on Republic Day in Manipur.
PREPAK is one of the constituents of Co-ordination Committee (Cor Com), an umbrella body of major militant outfits operating in Manipur.
On Saturday afternoon, an IED was exploded near the Border Roads Task Force (BRTF) camp in Imphal West district amid Republic Day celebration. While there was no report of human casualties, police recovered splinters from the blast site.
The outfit in a statement claimed that it also exploded 4 IEDs in different parts of the state starting January 25 night including the blast near the BRTF camp.
It said the IED was exploded as a part of the boycott of India’s 70th Republic Day celebration called by the fraternal revolutionary groups of the Western South East Asia (WESEA) region.
“The blast is a clear message to the “colonial master” (India) that the people of WESEA are against the Republic Day celebration since 1950 though it is a day of celebration for the people of mainland India,” it said. (Courtesy: IE)