IMPHAL, July 14 -- In the midst of continuing campaign by various organisations including student bodies against disturbance on education, one Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was found this morning at the gate of Imphal Public School (IPS), Canchipur.

It is said that the bomb was discovered by the chowkidar of the school at about 9.20 am when he came out for cleaning.

Speaking to media, chowkidar of IPS, L. Jayenta said he went out yesterday night to buy some medicine. At that time, nothing was there but when he got out in the morning today at the school gate, he saw a suspicious item put inside a plastic bag. At that instance, he raised the alarm to the school authority who further informed Singjamei police station, he added.

Singjamei police along with state bomb diffuse squad rushed to the spot and diffused the IED safely.

Later, students, teachers along with locals staged a sit-in-protest at IPS school gate decrying the bomb threat at school.

Condemning the incident, one of the protestor said planting of bombs at school should not be repeated again in the future. It creates panic to the innocent school students and other faculty members, he said. Had the bomb exploded, many students including other people at the surrounding of the school might have become victims.

The protestor further said the miscreants could bring the misunderstandings on a negotiating table without resorting to such bomb threats.

The protestors appealed to create disturbance free zone at all educational institutes in the State, demanded that the miscreants should clarify why the bomb was planted instead of taking up negotiations.

School authority reported that no monetary demand or threat was made at school by any proscribed organisations.

It may be mentioned that Democratic Students' Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) and other stakeholders have been conducting campaign to make educational institutes free from all sorts of disturbances. As a part of the campaign, DESAM has been conducting awareness programme at various schools, and awareness are also given through posters, pamphlets and through street plays.

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