Imphal: Two Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel on poll duty were injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in Manipur’s Kakching district on Sunday evening, day ahead of the Assembly election in state.

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As per reports, the incident occurred around 8 pm in the Wangoo Tera area near Wangoo police station, about 45 kms from Imphal city.

The injured personnel have been identified as constables Gaurav Rai and Giriji Shankar. The security personnel are said to be out of danger and admitted at Kakching hospital.

The troops were part of the ‘E’ company of the 610 ITBP election battalion deployed for poll duties in the state. The injured troops are stated to be out of danger and have been admitted to the Kakching civil hospital.

It may be noted that prior to the blast, the father of a National People’s Party (NPP) candidate was shot at by unidentified assailants in Imphal East district on Saturday.

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Election-related violence continues to be reported in Manipur ahead of the state polls. 

Earlier, CEO Manipur Rajesh Agrawal said that from the date of announcement of the state election on January 8, a total of 45FIRs were registered across the state.

Assembly elections in the northeastern state will be held in two phases on February 28 and March 5. Counting of votes will be held on March 10.

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