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NSCN(IM) cadre escapes from police lock-up in Mnp

NSCN(IM) cadre escapes from police lock-up in Mnp
Massive manhunt operation in Imphal in the aftermath of escape of NSCN I-M cadre on Wednesday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 10 | Publish Date: 7/10/2019 11:43:11 AM IST

A police source has reported that an NSCN (I-M) cadre,Thailik Panmei (23) son of Paolumlung Panmei of Taoshang village under Khoupum police station of Noney district was found missing from the lock-up of the Imphal police station where he was kept during a routine check this morning, around 5 am on Wedenesday. Police suspect he escaped by breaking the partially broken brick wall of the lock-up room in the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday.

The suspected NSCN(I-M) cadre was in the custody of Imphal police station after he was handed over by Indian Army who detained him after an NSCN (I-M) hideout was busted  at Kekru Naga village under Nungbam police station on the night of July 6 last. 

Police booked him under section 400 of IPC and 23(1-C) of Nungba police station of Noney police station. 

While handing over him to the police, the Indian Army alleged that Thailik was detained after he was found trying to hide among people in plain clothes after the hideout of the NSCN(I-M) was busted. 

The Army had claimed that cadres of the outfit fled on realising the Indian Army troops advancing toward their camp leaving huge amount of arms, ammunition, tentages, uniform and other war like stores.

Four police personnel - two SIs, one ASI and a head constable - have been placed under suspension from their services in connection with escape of the NSCN(I-M) cadre. 

A DIG level officer has also been entrusted to investigate the escape, a statement of the state police PRO said. 

The state police further announced a reward of Rs one lakh to be given to any individual who provide information leading to the re-arrest of the escape NSCN(I-M) cadre.

 Information regarding the whereabouts of the escapee may be given to Imphal West SP (9612759705/ 70056863866), additional SP, Imphal West-LO (9856100314 / 70056066171) and additional SP –ops (9612007475 / 7005725450), the release added.

Following the escape, Imphal West district police have been carrying out intensive search operations in different areas to re-arrest the escapee.

 

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