Four UTLA cadres held in Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jan 10 | Publish Date: 1/10/2020 12:51:07 PM IST

A senior functionary of a tribal based armed group was among the four underground cadres arrested by the security force in Manipur where security has been beefed ahead of Republic Day celebration on January 26.

Police on Friday said that two members of United Tribal Liberation Army (UTLA) which they dubbed “armed gang”, including its ‘Civil Administrative Officer (CAO)’ were nabbed by a team of police commandos from Tollen village of Churachandpur district on Wednesday.

The arrested self-styled CAO was identified as Jangkholen alias J Singson (50) of Monglenphai village and Joshuia alias Kaiminthang (27) of Khongjang village, both in Churachandpur district.

A 12 bore short gun and a sum of Rs12,000 were recovered from their possessions, the police added.

Two more underground cadres including an active woman cadre were also arrested by a combined team of police and security forces on Thursday.

Police said that a self-styled corporal of PREPAK identified as Sarubam Seityajit Singh alias Kanta (37) of Singjamei Wangma was arrested by a combined team of state police commandos and a column of 15 Assam Rifles from Chagangei area under Lamphel police station of Imphal West district around 2.45 pm on Thursday.

An active woman cadre of PREPAK (VC) group was also arrested by a combined team of police and security force and women police personnel from her house where a raid was conducted based on specific information.

Police alleged that the arrested woman, Thokchom Abe alias Ichal Leima(24) wife of Kh Kularaj Meitei of Mongsangei School Leirak under Singjamei police station got basic military training at Heinsing village in Myanmar.

Police commandos, the elite force of Manipur police engaged in counter insurgency operation on Friday conducted a mop operation in parts of Imphal.

The mop operations were conducted at localities in and around Sagolband and Tera areas of the city on Friday morning.

Around 200 selected houses, particularly rented houses were raided during the operation and around 800 people of age ranging from around 15 to 60 were verified. 

No arrest was made, the police source said.

The search operations were conducted as part of security measure taken up in Imphal and its outskirts ahead of the Republic Day celebration, the source said.

Besides conducting random frisking and checking operations at all route leading  to  Imtphal , combing operations to flush out underground elements have been conducted in sensitive areas in the outskirt of Imphal, particularly in the valley districts in the last few days, the source added.

The tightened security measures have been taken up to prevent any disruptive activities which are likely to be carried out by insurgents on or before the Republic Day.

In Manipur, rebel groups have been boycotting the celebration of the day (Republic Day) each year. Besides imposing total shutdown, they have even triggered explosive ahead or on the day of celebration.

Police suspect activities of the militants this time too even though they have no specific report regarding any plan so far.



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