27 unexploded World War II bombs unearthed at house construction site in Moreh

The live bombs along with 43 empty cases of bombs and 15 empty boxes were discovered as an excavator(JCB) was leveling a plot of land for a house construction at Lhangnom Veng, Moreh.

Barely a day after six unexploded bombs suspected to be of World War II were unearthed at a house construction site in Imphal, as many as 27 more unexploded WW-II bombs were accidentally dug up by an excavator at yet another house construction site in Moreh on Thursday.

At around 12:00 noon Thursday, 27 unexploded WW-II bombs, 43 empty cases of bombs and 15 empty boxes were discovered as an excavator(JCB) was leveling a plot of land for a house construction at Lhangnom Veng, Moreh Ward No.9, near Power substation.

The plot belongs to one 35-year-old Kampu Doungel, H/o Nemjalhing Dungel (Son of Semjathong) of Lhangnom Veng, Moreh, Ward No.9.

On finding the unexploded bombs, the owner immediately informed the Moreh Police. A team of Moreh Police led by SI Mangcha Baite rushed to the spot and sanitized the area and guarded the bombs till the filling of this report.

On Wednesday, six unexploded World War II bombs were found during a house construction work of one Ayub Khan at around 2.30 pm, at Hatta near the Indian Army War Cemetery in Imphal, police said.

A team of Porompat police along with a team of technical bomb disposal team, CID picked up the unexploded bombs along with another two similar bombs which were recovered from the surrounding areas while cleaning the sewage. They were disposed of safely at Nongmaiching Chingkhong.

Only in June, two bombs suspected to be of the Second World War were found near L Molvom village, Churachandpur district. The matter was reported to the Churachandpur police station around 8.30 am on June 15 by the village chief of Monglenphai-Tollen village.

Sources said that the two bombs were found at two different sites; one at the cemetery of the village while the villagers were digging a grave and the other was found by a JCB driver who was working near the spot.

A bomb disposal squad from CID (Technical) from Imphal arrived and along with the Churachandpur police team, disposed of the two- three inches high explosive bombs by means of controlled explosion.

Experts from Imphal said the bombs can cause a fatal impact in a 50 meter radius.

Interestingly, it was found that the bombs were found on Saturday and were kept at the chief’s residence till the matter was reported to the Churachandpur police station on Sunday. The team led by SI Japao Kipgen rushed to the place and disposed of the bomb after collecting them from the chief’s residence.

Another two unexploded bombs suspected to be WW-II aerial bombs were also found from a sewage drain at Hatta near Imphal Indian Army War Cemetery, on June 12.

The World War II lasted from 1939 to 1945. Unexploded bombs and remnants of World War II are found in Manipur every once in a while.

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First Published:July 16, 2020, 5:54 p.m.

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