Seven insurgents ‘ involved in recent killing of non-locals’ arrested

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Imphal: Manipur Police and Assam Rifles (AR) on Saturday apprehended seven PLA cadres who were allegedly involved in the killing of one non-local at Kakching on June 23 and another non-local at Andro Huikap, Imphal East on July 8.

Police identified the apprehended insurgents as Chingakham Basanta Singh, 38, alias Khambaton son of Ch. Ningthembi Singh of Andro Khuman Nungyumbi, Moirangthem Jitesh, 22, son of Moirangthem Sanjit of Kakching Nongthou Leikai, Konjengbam Romeo, 28, son of Konjengbam Raghu Singh of Moirang Kanjengbam Maning Leikai, at present residing at Awang Sekmai Koujengleima, Phanjoubam Rabi alias Luwangamba, 26, son of P. Kula Singh of Andro Labaojam Ching Leikai, Salam Mangijao, 55, son of late Salam Tombi Singh of Kakching Wairi Salam Leikai, Naorem Manoj, 23, son of Naorem Nobin Singh of Luker Mayai Leikai, Imphal West, and Samurailatpam Akash alias Muston Sharma, 19, son of S. Rajeswor Sharma of Kakching Wairi Saban Bamon Leikai.

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A police report said on Sunday that it received a reliable input on Saturday morning  from 4 AR that some cadres of the banned PLA organization, under the instructions of one self-styled Lt. colonel of the PLA Rishikanta, are planning to plant explosive devices at various government installations and target security forces in Thoubal district and other districts of Manipur on the eve of the upcoming Independence Day.

Immediately, teams of Thoubal Police commando and a column of 16 AR led by additional SP (Ops) O. Wangkhomba and assisted by Inspector N. Sadananda Thoubal commando OC under the supervision of Jogeshchandra Haobijam, SP Thoubal rushed towards Yairipok Bazaar and conducted a cordon and search operation to trace the location of the explosive devices and afterwards conducted a day long operation at various locations in Thoubal, Imphal East, Imphal West and Kakching Districts and arrested the PLA cadres, it added.

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From their possession, one Smith and Wesson 9 mm pistol with magazine, one Beretta 9 mm pistol with magazine, 35 live rounds of 9 mm ammunition, two hand grenades have recovered, the police report said.

A child in conflict of law in connection with the case has also been apprehended by the team and placed under the charge of the designated child welfare police officer of Yairipok Police station.

During enquiry, it was revealed that under the instructions of Rishikanta, they have been targeting non-local people in all the valley districts and are involved in committing the killing of one non-locals at Kakching and Andro Huikap.

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The arrested persons and seized items have been handed over to Yairipok Police station and after observing due formalities, a case has been registered at the police station.

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