Day after ambush, explosives recovered in Mnp

Day after ambush, explosives recovered in Mnp
(L) IED fitted with mobile phone recovered by police in Imphal East district on Sunday. (C) Lathod bombs recovered by police in Kakching district. (R) Man arrested with an IED by police in Imphal East district on Sunday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, NOV 14 | Publish Date: 11/14/2021 11:54:30 AM IST


At a time, security forces across the state were on alert after Saturday’s deadly ambush, Manipur police on Sunday recovered an IED and a cache of 20 lathod bombs from two separate places.

The IED was recovered from a ‘mentally challenged’ person who was intercepted by police personnel deployed to guard the residence of a BJP MLA in Imphal East district.
Police said that police personnel deployed near the residence of MLA L Shusindro Singh at Khurai Chingangbam Leikai recovered the IED fitted with a mobile handset from a person they stopped on suspicion around 6.30 am on Sunday.
The person who was walking along Tinsid Road was stopped by the police when he tried to hide a polythene bag he was carrying inside a big water supply pipe on the roadside near the residence of the MLA. 
When the police interrogated him, the person revealed that the polythene bag contained an IED. 
Acting swiftly, the police personnel ordered him to remove the IED from the bag and place it inside one of the big water supply pipes piled on the roadside opposite to the MLA’s residence with care.  The police thereafter immediately halted all traffic as precautionary measures and called upon  bomb experts of the state police department.
It was only after the disposal squad defused the IED that the road was opened for normal traffic after around an hour.
A team of Assam Rifles troopers on patrolling duty also arrived there to assist the police.
The police arrested the person later identified as Aheibam Premchand from Khurai Sajor Leikai. Locals as well as family members said that he was a mentally challenged person. 
During spot verification, he revealed that he picked up the IED placed in front of a closed Pharmacy (Bobby Pharmacy) at Lamlong Bazar which is about two kilometer away from the MLA’s residence.
The police have registered a case against him for further investigation.  
In another incident, police in Kakching district recovered a bag containing as many as 20 lathod bombs from the roadside near Yangbi Primary School under Hiyanglam police station of the district.
The police intercepted the bombs Saturday evening around 5pm when they rushed to the spot after villagers informed them about an unattended bag.
After keeping a close watch over the night, the district police called out experts of the state police bomb detection and disposal squad on Sunday morning.
Upon checking, the bag was found to contain 20 lathod bombs, the police said.
The lathod bombs were later detonated at an open place near a buffalo farm. Police suspect the lathod bombs were planted by militants. 
The recoveries of the IED and lathod bombs came barely a day after the commanding officer (CO) of 46 Assam Rifles, his wife and son were killed along with four troopers in a deadly ambush allegedly by cadres of PLA and MNPF in interior Churachandpur district on Saturday.

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