Two arms dealers held in Manipur

Two arms dealers held in Manipur
Arm and ammunitions recovered from two arms dealers by combined force of police and AR being displayed at Imphal East district police headquarters on Sunday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 1 | Publish Date: 12/1/2019 12:37:45 PM IST

Security forces in Manipur on Sunday arrested two alleged arms dealers along with arm and ammunitions after a brief chase along Imphal-Dimapur section of NH-2 in Imphal.

The arrested arms dealers were identified as Khupngaishuan Paite (25) of Siloam Veng and Songthianlam Paite (34) of Bukpi village, both in Churachandpur district.

An AK 56 Rifle loaded with 20 live rounds in a magazine, two AK 56 magazines with 60 live rounds were recovered during a thorough check of an SUV bearing registration number AS 01AF 2199 on which the duo was travelling.

Addressing a press conference, Imphal East SP Dr Haobijam Jugeshwor Singh said the two arms dealers were nabbed by a combined force of police commandos attached with Imphal East district police and troops of 6 Assam Rifles during a “snatch operation” in and around Koirengei and Mantripukhri areas along  of NH-2 under Imphal East district early Sunday morning.

The operation was launched on received of credible information about transportation of sophisticated weapons towards Imphal city.

The combined force intercepted the vehicle at Koirengei area of the highway but arrested them after a brief chase at Mantripukhri, around two km towards Imphal around 5.45 am on Sunday, the SP said.

As disclosed by the arms dealers, the arm and ammunitions were collected from Dimapur district in Nagaland on the instruction of one Chinzasen Paite, the father-in-law of the arrested Khupngaishuan. 

They went to collect the items from Dimapur on November 30 where an unknown person known to Chinzasen Paite handed over arm and ammunitions for onward transportation to Imphal.

The SP alleged that the duo was members of a gang of arms dealers involved in smuggling of illegal arms and ammunition from Dimapur to Manipur.

The SP said that police were investigation on whether the duo was connected to supply of arms and ammunition to militant groups based in Churachandpur district.

They have been handed over to Heingang police station of Imphal East district where a case has been lodged for further investigation, the SP added.

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