The injured have been rushed to the hospital. The labourers, all non-Manipuris, had gathered for tea in Khoyathong area, which is about one km away from Imphal city police office in the main market complex when the IED exploded around 6 AM.

The dead have been identified as Shiv Yadav(35), Lalan (35) and Kusum Pandit (60).

The four injured have been admitted to the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Hospital where the condition of one of the injured is stated to be critical.

With Sunday's incident, the number of non-Manipuris killed in the state this year has gone upto nine.

Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam, who also holds the home portfolio, have condemned the incident and ordered strict action against the culprits.

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