Bomb Blast in Office of health Minister
IMPHAL: Health minister Sapam Ranjan, Manipur unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and various Naga civil bodies on Sunday strongly condemned the bomb attack on the office of the chief medical officer at the headquarters of the Naga-dominated Senapati district a day earlier.
Though no one was injured in the blast that occurred at 9pm, parts of the offices of the district immunisation officer and district malaria officer were damaged by the splinters. Locals said the attackers might have tossed the bomb inside the office after breaking the window panes.
Police have registered a case and begun investigation to arrest the perpetrators and to ascertain the motive behind the blast. No group had claimed responsibility for the explosion until the time of filing of this report.
“Carrying out such acts will cause chaos in society,” CMO Pfokreho Pfoze, who is also the director of the district health society, said He added that neither had any group made any monetary demand to the office nor was there any dispute with the staff.
“Attacking healthcare is an uncivilized act. Those attackers might require medical assistance. Where will they go for treatment if no such healthcare facility is available in the area?” minister Ranjan asked. Stating that doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers serve people, Ranjan appealed to the perpetrators not to repeat such acts.
The IMA Manipur unit called it an “act of terror against the hands that heal”. “Such violence against healthcare providers will not be tolerated at all,” read a statement issued by them. It demanded the immediate arrest of the perpetrators and appealed to the public to remain calm and also help the police identify the culprits.
The Naga People’s Organisation, the Senapati District Women’s Association, the Karong Senapati Town Committee and the Senapati District Students’ Association also condemned the attack. A joint committee formed by locals asked all responsible citizens to raise their voice against such acts of violence.