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Militant held; truck torched in Ukhrul
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Published on 1 Sep. 2010 11:52 PM IST
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A hardcore militant of Kangleipak Communist Party-Noyon (KCP-N) was arrested while trying to extort money from school teachers in Imphal East, police sources said today.
Mutum Jeki (28), the ultra, entered the room of Principal of Ananda Singh Higher Secondary School near here and allegedly asked the Principal to collect Rs. 5000 each from every teacher as 'discussed' earlier, the sources said.
As the Principal told him that one Suraj Singh of the same group also came earlier to collect the money and wanted to discuss the matter with all the teachers, Jeki stopped him midway and announced he was the only person 'authorised' by the party to collect the money. As the two were continuing arguments, some students overheard them and surrounded the militant. He was beaten up and then handed over to the police commandos attached to nearby Porompat police station.
Meanwhile, a cloud of doubt on the involvement of some police commando personnel hand behind the rampant extortion activities in Imphal areas castled today. Interestingly, no sooner had the youth been caught by the students, a team of police commandos rushed to the school and tried to evacuate him immediately without trying to know how the incident erupted and also the detained youth told the students that he was sent by police commando personnel.
Further, the students tried to resist but police commandos forcibly took away the youth. Police also lathi-charged the students in which some students sustained minor injuries.
The students also provided a mobile phone clipping where it shows the youth’s revelation that he was sent by Nanao, a police commando personnel posted in Imphal west.
However, when a senior police officer of Imphal east district was contacted, he said that the youth was a drug user, consuming SP-Capsule and he tried to extort money from the teachers for meeting his expenditure.
It was also learnt from local source that his father is a police officer posted in Tamenglong district.
In another incident, two employees identified as Pisak Singh and Ibomcha Singh of Food and Civily Supply office at Senapati district were taken away by unidentified militants from their office in Senapati district yesterday.
The whereabouts of the two, who were kidnapped probably in connection with monetary demands earlier made, were not known, the police sources said.
Militant killed in encounter
An unidentified militant was killed in an encounter with combined a force comprising police commandos and Assam Rifles personnel in Imphal East district of Manipur, police said today.
The militant was gunned down during an encounter with police commandos and personnel of 28th Assam Rifles at Ngariyan area late last night.
One 9mm pistol and ten rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the spot, the police said.
In another incident, three persons were injured when suspected militants exploded a powerful grenade at the residence of a retired Manipur government official in Imphal West district, police said today.
The militants lobbed the grenade at the residence of former superintendent of taxation department T Modhu at Chingmeirong area, near here, late last night.
Modhu and two others were injured in the explosion, the police said.
The militants escaped under cover of darkness.
Police said monetary demand from the retired official could be reason behind the crime.
No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility for the crime.
Truck torched in Ukhrul
Miscreants burnt down a truck at Nungsang village in Ukhrul district last night after hijacking it from a bazar area at the district headquarters.
According to an official report, the truck was hijacked by some miscreants near the Fish Centre, Ukhrul town and torched at Nungsang, a village located at the border between Sangsat and Ukhrul police station.
However, Ukhrul district Police confirmed the hijacking and burning down of the truck belonged to one Jagdish Singh, a resident of Sangsak village but the registration number could not be confirmed.
Meanwhile, an official of the District Fisheries Office (DFO) in Senapati district kidnapped by suspected cadres of an underground group was released today, police said.
According to a report, the District Fishery officer, S Lolli of Sajouba village, posted at DFO Senapati was abducted by the miscreants from his official quarter on Monday evening. Three armed men took him away after convincing the family that they had an urgent matter to discuss. He was released unharmed after two days. Police suspected the kidnappers to be cadres of NSCN (I-M), but none of the underground group owned the responsibly.

 
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