Imphal: A powerful bomb explosion took place
near the Raj Bhavan, where President Pratibha Patil is
staying, officials said on Friday.
The bomb, allegedly planted by militants, went off at 11
PM last night at Ananda Singh Academy, about 2 km from Raj
Bhavan, where the President was staying, they said.
No casualty was, however, reported in the blast.
Patil is on a two-day visit to Manipur.
Police and central forces are conducting round the clock
patrolling and forces were deployed at all vulnerable points.
President will today lay the foundation stone of an
Information Technology Park at Mantripukhri near here,
Patil would also meet representatives of some social
organisations before leaving for Delhi at 11 AM, the sources
Meanwhile, normal life was paralysed in the city
following the 40-hour strike called by Manipur People`s
Liberation Front (MPLF) to boycott the President`s visit.
The MPLF, formed by three major insurgent organisations
of the United National Liberation Front, Revolutionary
People`s Front and People`s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak
has been fighting for an `independent Manipur`.