AR bust gun making factory in Mnp

AR bust gun making factory in Mnp
Suspected USRA cadre along with his two accomplices arrested by AR in Manipur.
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 2 | Publish Date: 7/2/2020 1:40:40 PM IST

Troops of Assam Rifles busted a gun making factory allegedly run by a suspected NSCN (I-M) operative in Manipur’s Ukhrul district.

A police source said that the illegal factory found running at Lunguira Tang in Ukhrul town was busted on Tuesday by troops of Somsai Battalion of Assam Rifles who launched an operation based on specific inputs. A 9mm pistol, .22 rifle and some rounds of live ammunition along with tools and spares for making local small arms were recovered from the factory. 

The suspected NSCN(I-M) operative identified as Lightson alias Likeson son of late Jhon Shaiza who was allegedly behind making of small arms escaped on seeing the troops approaching the factory. Lightson alias Likeson was also allegedly involved in smuggling and extortion related activities and inputs were being received since March 2020 regarding his movement, the source said. The suspect had returned to Ukhrul recently, the source added.  In  yet another operation,  troops of Assam Rifles apprehended a suspected active cadre of United Socialist Revolutionary Army (USRA), a Kuki- based armed group under suspension of operation truce with the government.

He was apprehended along with his two accomplices near S Kotlian village in Churachandpur district on June 30 , a release of the PIB (Defence Wing), Imphal stated. 

Two 9mm country made pistols, one 12 bore country made rifle with three live rounds, Rs 1.04 lakh , three mobile phones and tools for manufacturing weapons were recovered by the troops, the release added. The apprehended cadre was identified as SS Secretary (law, custom & culture) Henkhogin alias Kaiku Vaiphei (65)  of S Kotlian and the accomplices as; Nekhobal Vaiphei (42) and Ginlalmuon (45)  of the same village of the suspect. 

They were suspected to be involved in the manufacturing and smuggling of illegal weapons. Along with the recovered items, the trio have been handed over to Churachandpur police station for further investigations, the release informed.


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