CKLA cadre arrested with arms and ammunitions

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Imphal: A combined team of 36 Assam Rifles and Churachandpur district police arrested self-styled town commander of Chin Kuki Liberation Army (CKLA), an underground outfit, along with arms and ammunitions from New Lamka, Churachandpur district on Friday evening.

The arrested person was identified as one Hemkhothang Baite, 46, son of Lhunkholet Baite of Bisanmual, Churachandpur district presently staying at K Vangphai village.

He was nabbed when the security team acted on an information about extortion activities by unknown non-SoO groups in New Lamka area.

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The team conducted frisking and checking in front of Dorcas hall, New Lamka, Churachandpur district. During frisking and checking, one person (Hemkhothang) driving in a two wheeler (Yamaha Ray ZR, without registration plate) was detained who was moving in a suspicious manner. On checking of the individual one 9 mm pistol labelled as Pietro Beretta B/No.J68507Z (GARDONE V.T.) along with nine live rounds of 9mm ammunition; one pistol magazine; one wallet with cash Rs 500; one voter card; one Aadhaar card and one mobile phone were seized from his possession, said a police report.

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Hemkhothang revealed that he is the self-styled town commander of CKLA who is also holding a post of self-styled lieutenant colonel of the outfit.

He was arrested and seized the items that were recovered from his possession on the spot. He was taken to Churachandpur Police station and a case has been registered under Arms Act.

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