Bomb blasts, shutdown rock Manipur on Independence Day

Imphal: Three security personnel and two girls were injured as bombs exploded in Manipur on India's Independence Day on Monday, officials said. Most streets in Imphal wore a deserted look after militants called a shutdown, the officials and residents said. Chief Minister Okram Ibobi unfurled the national flag here. Similar events took place in all district headquarters. The Chief Minister also attended a function held at the Congress office, where state party president T.N. Haokip hoisted the national flag. An elderly couple were rushed to a hospital after they fell unconscious as a bomb exploded near their house at Tera near Imphal on Monday. Another bomb went off at Singjamei in Imphal. There were no casualties. Insurgents in Manipur and the anti-talk faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom had called a boycott of the Independence Day events and announced a general strike.