2 PLA cadres arrested with huge arms and explosives to be used on Republic Day celebration eve

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Imphal: A combined team of district commando Thoubal and a column of 16 Assam Rifles on Tuesday arrested two active cadres of proscribed underground outfit, PLA and recovered huge amounts of arms and ammunition along with explosive materials from Heirok Part II, Chingol area, Thoubal district.

The arrested persons have been identified as one Maibam Kanta Singh, 45, son of Maibam Ibocha Singh and Bhumeshor Thoudam, 39, son of Thoudam Anoubi both from Litan Makhong, Heirok Part 2, Thoubal distict.

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They were arrested acting on an reliable information from 16 Assam Rifles that some cadres of PLA are planning to disrupt the upcoming Republic Day celebration and explosives have been transported to Heirok area from Thoubal district, a police report said.

The team conducted massive search operation in an around Herok Part II, Chingol area from 5 am.

During the search, the teams detained Kanta and Bhumeshor and from their possession one GLOCK 9mm pistol with magazine; two 9mm pistol with magazine; 90 live rounds of 9mm; 9 Chinese made hand grenade; eight detonators; one wired detonator; one remote control device with 9V battery; three wireless detonator receivers and three mobile phone were recovered.

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They revealed the police that on the instructions of Deepak who is self-styled captain of the PLA they had planned to plant explosives at different government institutions at various places of the valley districts and target security forces ahead of the upcoming Republic Day.

The two persons were arrested and seized the recovered items by observing formalities. Later the arrested persons along with the seizures have been handed over to Heirok police station and a case has been registered for further necessary legal action, the report said.

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