Manipur Scribes hold indefinite strike after bomb hurled in newspaper office

An indefinite strike was held today by reporters and editors of Manipur after a hand grenade was hurled at the office of the Poknapham.

The incident took place at around 6.30 pm at the office premises of the vernacular newspaper Poknapham located at Keishampat Thiyam Leikai, Imphal on February 13.

The journalist fraternity of the state resolved to sit in a protest and submit a memorandum to the Chief Minister.

Condemning the attack on the fourth pillar of democracy the Editors Guild of Manipur (EGM) and All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) decided to suspend all news publications and broadcast and have decided to sit in protest at Keishampat Leimajam Leikai from 11 am till 3 pm today.

As per reports, a hand grenade was lobbed at the office premises of the vernacular newspaper Poknapham by an unidentified person. As captured in the CCTV footage, a woman on a two-wheeler was seen throwing the grenade at the office premises.

Reportedly, there were no casualties and the safety pin of the bomb was intact. A team of Manipur Police safely detonated the bomb. Officials further stated had the bomb exploded, the casualty would have been high as the incident happened during office time when there were employees and visitors in the office. No arrest has been made so far and investigations are going on.

As of now, the incident has not been claimed by any organisation or individual.

Following the protest, the journalists’ organisation halted publication protesting against the grenade attack and will submit a memorandum to Chief Minister N Biren Singh.

Meanwhile, Informations and Public Relations Minister Thongam Biswajit condemning the attack on media termed it as a ‘cowardly attack’ and said violence had no place in a democracy.

Poknapham is the largest circulated vernacular newspaper in Manipur and its sister publication, the People’s Chronicle.

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