Militants lob grenade at senior govt official’s house

Militants exploded a powerful grenade at the home of a senior Manipur government official in Imphal east district late last night.

The grenade exploded in the housing complex of deputy director of agriculture department, Ph. Rajendro at Kongpal area near here, at around 11 PM, officials said today.

The official and his family members were present at the time of the explosion, but none was injured, they said.

A caller who identified himself as a spokesperson of militant outfit, Maoist Communist Party (Manipur), claimed responsibility for the blast.

Family sources said some militant outfits had demanded a huge sum of money from the official, but declined to name the outfit.

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