Imphal: Thoubal Police of Manipur on Tuesday apprehended five PLA cadres ‘involved in bomb blasts’ at Durga Mandir, Telepati, Imphal East on May 13 and at Khongjom Sapam, Thoubal on May 30.
They were identified as Keidongbam Subol alias Khomei, 43, son of late Keidongbam Biradhon of Wangbal Mayai Leikai, Paonam Manikanta Singh alias Amuyaima, 32, son of P. Arun Singh of Jirighat Lakhinagar at present residing at Tentha Tuwaband Leikai, Thambalmani, 46, wife of Md. Tomba of Yairipok Singa Ethei Mapal, Sougaijam Ronan, 32, son of Sougaijam Sanayaima of Kakching Wairi Kamala Pareng and Naorem Britain, 27, son of Naorem Rajendro of Kakching Khunyai Leikai.
On receiving a reliable input from 16 AR that under the instructions of one self-styled Lt. colonel Rishikanta alias Ranbir of the banned organisation PLA, some cadres of the PLA had planned to disrupt the recent Independence Day celebrations by planting explosive devices and target non-local people in various valley districts of Manipur and for which arms and explosives had been transported from Moreh to one person at Tentha area, teams of Thoubal Police commando and Jawans of 16 AR under the overall supervision of Jogeshchandra Haobijam, SP-Thoubal conducted a cordon and search operation at Tentha Tuwaband Leikai during which the first three cadres were apprehended along with seizure of four hand grenades, a police report said.
As a follow up of the above operation, the other two were apprehended by teams of Thoubal Police commando and a column of 16 AR on the input of Field G Team BSF Koirengei, it added.
During enquiry, it was revealed that under the instructions of the same Rishikanta have been targeting non-local people in all the valley districts and that they along with other PLA cadres arrested by the same combined team of Thoubal Police commando and 16 AR on Saturday were involved in the Telepati and Khongjom Sapam blasts, the report said.
The arrested persons and seized items were handed over to Khongjom Police station and after observing due formalities, a case has been registered for flrther investigation, it added.