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NIA raids Cong legislator’s residence in Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 31: | Publish Date: 8/1/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

 National Investigation Agency (NIA) team continued its raid at the residence of sitting Congress MLA Yamthong Haokip on Tuesday.

Haokip, who is representing Saikul Assembly Constituency of Kangpokpi district, is reportedly in a hospital in Imphal for medical treatment.

A team of Guwahati based NIA conducted the raid in connection with arms missing case in which 56 pistols with 58 magazines went missing from the 2nd Manipur Rifles (MR) garrison armoury.

The raid resumed around 10 am Tuesday and continued till noon. No outsiders including media persons were allowed to enter the house during the raid. The officials also refused to disclose the details if any recovery was made during the raid. 

However, a highly reliable source said that at least five pistols suspected to be among enlisted missing 56 pistols were recovered on the first day of the raid.

The arms missing case came to light after commandant of the 2nd Manipur Rifles lodged a complaint with the Imphal police station. The missing weapons were part of a consignment of 570 9mm pistols purchased by the Manipur government on September 11, 2014 for the state’s security forces.

The police had already arrested five suspects involved in the case, including two personnel of the MR and a cadre of a Kuki militant. They were recently re-arrested by the NIA.

Taking serious note of the case, chief minister N Biren Singh in April had announced to hand over the case to NIA. 

Later, the Manipur government suspended four of its senior police officers, including an IPS officer. 

The suspended police officers include a sub-divisional police officer (SDPO), CO in-charge of 3rd India Reserve Battalion (IRB), Additional SP Jiribam and a Superintendent of Police Kamjong district.

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