3 held in connection with Gamnom firing incident

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Imphal: Security forces in Manipur have nabbed three cadres of KNF (N) in connection with the firing incident at the house of village chief of B Gamnom village on October12 that killed three civilians including one minor and injuring two other persons.

The three apprehended persons were Seigoulun Singsit, 20, son of Paokhomang Singsit of K. Phoipi,
Motbung; Henminlun Misao alias Kevin, 29, son of late Luminthang Misao of Kangchup Ponlen village; and Hentinseh Singsit alias SP, 30, son of Janglam Singsit of Motbung Phoipi Veng, all belonged to Kangpokpi district.

Seigoulun was nabbed by a combined team of Imphal West Police and 15 Assam Rifles under the supervision of superintendent of police Dr S. Ibomcha Singh from adjoining area of Keithelmanbi Moidangpok area near Korouhanba Oil Pump at 9.30 pm of Sunday.

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He disclosed the police that he is an active cadre of KNF(N) and working under the command of self-styled vice-chairman Mangsat Haokip and involved in kidnapping, extortion of money from general public and looting vehicles plying on NH-2.

He revealed that he along with six cadres of KNF (N) organization under the command of self-styled chairman James Kipgen of Gangpijang village, Kangpokpi and Mangsat Haokip of N. Boljang village, Kangpokpi opened fired at the house of village chief of B Gamnom Village on October12 at around 11:30 am killing three civilians including one minor and injuring two other persons.

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The combined security force rushed to Motbung and Sapermeina area along with the arrested person to arrest his associates involved in the crime. In the operation Henminlun and Hentinseh were apprehended on the next day at about 3:30 am from their respective houses.

From the possession of Henminlun one 9mm pistol and one magazine loaded with five 9mm ammunitions were recovered and from Hentinseh one .32 pistol and one magazine loaded with three .32 calibre ammunition and one mobile phone were recovered.

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All the three arrested accused persons admitted that they were all KNF (N) cadres and involved in the firing incident, the Imphal West Police superintendent told reporters here on Monday.

Further operations are being conducted to nab the remaining accused persons, he added.

“My government cannot tolerate such brutal acts of against the peace loving people. There is no place for violence in this democratic country. I condemn their unwarranted use of violence in the strongest terms,” Biren said on the day of the incident.

He termed the incident as an act of terrorists.

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