5 arrested in connection with IED attack

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Imphal: A team of Kakching district police commando arrested five persons in connection with the IED explosion where two Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBF) were injured on election duty at Wangoo Nurathel on Friday.

The IED explosion was occurred along Imphal-Sugnu road in Wangoo area when the ITBP were on routine patrol duty at about 9 pm of February 20.

The arrested persons were identified as Okram Manitomba alias Ango Meitei, 20, resident Wangoo Mamang Sabal Nurathel Leikai; Soroikhambam Goroba Singh alias Ngangba , 19, resident of Pangantabi Makha Leikai; Soroikhambam Arbin Singh , 26; Thongam Singhajit Meitei , 20 and Irengbam Gitchandra , 53 three of them from Wangoo Mamang Sabal, Kakching district.

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Police said Kakching district police had been undertaking several efforts to detect the conspiracy and the culprits behind the crime. During the course of investigation and based on a credible output an operation was conducted by a team of district commando led by additional superintendent of police (Ops), Kakching district, Binoy Chongtham and officer-in-charge, commando, Kakching district, Md Abash Khan assisted by sub inspector of CDO unit, Robindro Brown in Wangoo Nurathel area at 3 am.

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Shingajit was arrested from Wapokpi Chingchep Leikai, Sugnu and from his disclosure the 4 others were arrested from their respective residence.

The accused persons were involved in three different IED explosion occurred on February 20 where two ITBP personnel were injured and another two IED blast occurred at different places of Kakching Khunou Lamkhai near Uyok bridge and Wangoo Lamkhai during the early hour of January 26, police said.

Manitomba and Arbin who were involved in the attack had gone to Moreh in the beginning of January and received one day training in handling of IED from one PREPAK cadres under the command of one Tamocha of the same proscribed underground organisation. The accused were in touch with the same outfit from Myanmar and executed the explosions on their directives, it added.

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The police team seized three detonators and three batteries for remote control device.

The accused persons disclosed that there was another plan to plant IED in March however the location was not disclosed to them, police said.

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