Vendor women protest grenade attack at Mayang Imphal Bazar

April 13th, 2009 - 8:37 pm ICT by ANI  

Imphal, April 13 (ANI): The unabated violent incidents by various militant groups in Manipur are creating uncertainty in people’s lives.

Various women vendors staged a sit-in protest at a blast site to protest and express anguish against the recent grenade attack at Mayang Imphal Bazar, which wounded eight persons.

The incident occurred after some unidentified persons threw a grenade inside a grocery shop at Mayang Imphal Bazar.

However, a major tragedy was averted after Preety, the 12-year old daughter of the shop owner, picked up the grenade and threw it away before it blew up.

The girl suffered minor injuries and is presently taking medical treatment while other wounded persons were taken to RIMS hospital.

“They are hurling bombs everywhere, hurting innocent people in the process. Whenever their demands are not met, they resort to such disgraceful acts. They are self-centered and think only of themselves, which is not good for the people. We should all live together peacefully,” said M. Preety, the victim, Imphal

The attack sparked off protests in the state yet again.

Around 300 people participated in the sit-in protest organized by the women vendors and the womenfolk of the state.

A meeting was held in protest, people appealed to all concerned not to indulge in such activities, which cause suffering to the innocent people.

“We are undergoing big hardship. We aren’t able to perform day-to-day activities and work efficiently. If they keep on throwing bombs in such public places, People will be afraid to come out of their houses and work for a livelihood. People are always scared. We want some sort of solution for all these problems,” said Tamphasana Chingtham, a resident.

“If such incidents continue, people of Manipur will face lots of problems. Consequently, the law and order situation of the state will deteriorate,” said N.Gunindro Singh, a social worker.

All business establishments at Mayang Imphal Market were closed for a day to express solidarity with protestors. (ANI)

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