MLA Yamthong Haokip sent to jail over missing pistols

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, August 24, 2018: The special judge, National Investigation Agency (NIA), Manipur on Friday remanded Congress MLA, Yamthong Haokip to judicial custody for 15 days in connection with the missing case of pistols and magazines from the Arm Kote of 2nd Manipur Rifles Battalion.

The court rejected the bail application of Yamthong on health ground.

The MLA was arrested following a two days consecutive raid conducted started on July 30 at his Mantripukhri residence by a team of NIA.

Five arms, assorted ammunitions including one of the pistols stolen from the Arm Kote of 2nd MR were recovered.

The NIA has also reportedly recovered Rs 26.40 lakh in cash and gold ornaments worth around Rs. 20 lakh besides other incriminating documents.

NIA started the investigation into the missing of 56 pistols and 58 magazines from the Arms Kote of 2nd Manipur Rifle as directed by ministry of home affairs and submitted the FIR before NIA special court on June 2.

The incident of missing arms came to light when a complaint was lodged by the then 2nd MR commandant P. Manjet to Imphal police station regarding the missing of arms and magazines from the Arms Kote between September, 2016 and early 2017.

Yamthong was produced before the court with a prayer to remand him to judicial custody.

The NIA special public prosecutor submitted that during investigation it was revealed that Yamthong had received several consignments of pistols missing from the Arm Kote and delivered some of the pistols to MLA, Ngamthang Haokip and Kuki Liberation Army chairman, David Hangshing.

The defence counsel submitted that Yamthong suffered recent heart ailment and he has been voluntarily making himself available before the investigation officer of the case.

The court has remanded him to judicial custody after considering the nature of the case and stage of the investigation.

The court also directed the investigation officer of the case to inform the jail authority about the medical condition of the MLA and admit him to JNIMS security ward.

As per the court order numbers of his visitors at JNIMS to be limited to his wife, children, PRO and only one attendant from among them.

It also directed the superintendent of JNIMS to make sure that the direction given regarding the attendant is compiled and take steps to identify and verify the attendants before admitting them to the ward.

In connection with the case, four senior officers of the state police including an IPS officer have been suspended and it has been reported of arresting five suspects including two personnel of 2nd MR and suspected militants.

On August 2 the NIA team has also raided the Pureiromba Khongnangkhong residence of MLA Ngamthang Haokip.

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