Two arms smugglers arrested

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, December 1, 2019: A combined team of Imphal East police commando and 6 Assam Rules apprehended two arm smugglers with AK-56 rifle along with bullets and magazines.

The rifle marked as ‘191370’ was found loaded with 20 live rounds in the magazine.

Sixty live rounds and two magazines of the AK rifle were found in their possession.

The security forces made the mission successful during the state’s preventive measure taken up in connection with the ongoing Manipur Sangai Festival (tourism festival).

On receiving reformation of about transportation of sophisticated weapons towards Imphal city at about 3 am of Sunday the combined team organised to conduct a snatch operation in and around the general area of Koirengei and Mantripukhri leading to the arrest of the two arms smugglers, superintendent of police H. Jogeshchandra told reporters here.

The smugglers were identified as Khupngaishuan Paite, about 25 years, son of (Late) Lamkhenthang Paite of Siloam Veng, Churachandpur presently residing at Bungmual Village, Churachandpur, and Songthianlam Paite, aged about 34 years, son of Khamzamang Paite of Bukpi Village, Thanlon sub-division

Churachandpur; at present residing at New-Lamka, Churachandpur.

They were apprehended after chasing for about 2 Km from Koirengei Bazar at the spot Khabam Chumbreithong in front of Salai Agro Flour Mill at 5:45 am and recovered the arms and ammunitions from their possessions.

They were travelling in a SUV (Toyota Innova) silver in colour vehicle bearing registration number AS- 01AF/2199.

They disclosed that they went to Dimapur on Saturday on the instruction of one Chinzasen Paite, who is the father-in-law of the arrestee Mr. Khupngaishuan Paite. On reaching Dimapur, they met one unknown persons who was sent by Chinzasen and handed over the arms and ammunitons.

Thereafter, they are on the way back to Churachandpur, the senior police officer said.

It is also come to learnt that they are involved in smuggling of illegal arms and ammunitions, he added.

Police also seized the vehicle, two mobile phones with SIM cards and two wallets.

The smugglers along with the recovered items were handed over to Heingang Police for further investigation.

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