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Militants’ hideout set ablaze in Loktak lake
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUN 20:
Published on 21 Jun. 2009 12:50 AM IST
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Security forces in Imphal have gunned down two militants and set ablaze at least seven huts on the eastern side of the Loktak lake believed to be hideouts of militants during an overnight counter insurgency operation. A meeting of the cabinet of the SPF convened on Saturday under the chair of the chief minister, O Ibobi Singh reviewed the law and order of the state with reference to the increasing activities of militants in the Imphal areas in the wake of triggering of a powerful IED at the high security zone near the battalion headquarter of the 2nd Manipur Rifles complex on June 16 last. The Cabinet reportedly after thorough discussion decided to intensify the counter insurgency operation in the Imphal area and hand over the same to the Unified Commands comprising of state and Central security force establishments, an official source said. The Cabinet meeting started at 3 pm and continued till late evening. Meanwhile, two militants were gunned down by a combined team of Imphal west police commandos and troops of 12 Maratha Light Infantry at Uchiwa village some 30 km on the south of Imphal. One AK-47 rifles and a 9 mm pistol with ammunitions were recovered from the slain militants, police report said adding that the two militants were killed during a brief encounter occurred at around 3.45 pm. A combined team of state police commandos from Imphal east, Imphal west and Thoubal districts, troops of 12 Maratha Light Infantry and 21 Assam Rifles launched an overnight search operation in Khoidum pat, part of the Loktak lake on the southern side. Officials said that during the operation started from 7 pm Friday night and concluded Saturday afternoon at around 1 pm. As many as seven huts build on the phumdis (floating bio-mass) suspected to be hiding place for the militants were burnt down by the security forces. However, there were no arrests of militants or suspects during the operation even though there were reports of gun firing during the operation.

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