The Puranthaba group of the outlawed KCP(MC) has said Airtel cellular phone service will be banned for ever in Manipur.

In a release, it said the company should immediately dismantle its towers.

It admitted to having kidnapped two officials of the company.

While one escaped, the other was rescued by the police after a gunfight that killed two militants.

The group also claimed responsibility for the explosion of a hand grenade in front of a private hospital here on December 27.

Five persons were injured in the incident.

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