Wednesday, September 28, 2022

7 PLA rebels held in Mnp ahead of I-Day

Correspondent

Security forces in Manipur apprehended seven cadres of the rebel group, People Liberation Army (PLA) as it tightened security measures ahead of I-Day celebration in the state.
A combined force of state police commandos and 16 Assam Rifles nabbed the seven cadres during a day-long operation at various places in Thoubal, Imphal East, Imphal West and Kakching districts on Saturday, Thoubal SP Dr H Jogeshchandra said.
A child in conflict of law was also apprehended during the operation.
The arrested cadres were Chingakham Basanta Singh alias Khabaton (38), Moirangthem Jitesh (22), Konjengbam Romeo (28), Phanjoubam Rabi @ Luwangamba (26), Salam Mangijao (55), Naorem Manoj (23) and Samurailatpam Akash @ Muston Sharma (19).
The combined force also seized one Smith and Wesson 9 mm pistol with magazine, a Beretta 9 mm pistol with magazine, 35 live rounds of 9 mm ammunition and two hand grenades from their possessions, the police said.
With the arrest of the seven cadres, police claimed that plans to trigger explosives at various places to disturb the Independence Day were foiled.
He said that the combined force launched an operation in Yairipok Bazar in Thoubal district yesterday based on a reliable input from 4 AR that some cadres of the PLA were planning to plant explosive devices at various government installations and target security forces in Thoubal district and other districts of the state on the eve of the upcoming Independence Day.
Teams of police commandos attached to Thoubal district police and a column of 16 Assam Rifles immediately rushed to Yairipok Bazar and conducted a cordon and search operation to trace the location of the explosive devices.
The combined teams expanded the operation at various locations in Thoubal, Imphal East, Imphal West and Kakching districts and arrested the seven cadres of the PLA, he said.
A child in conflict of law was also apprehended. He has been placed under the charge of the designated child welfare police officer of Yairipok police station, the SP said.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the nabbed cadres were also involved in the killing of non-Manipuris in the recent time, the SP said.
Under the instructions of self-styled Lt Colonel Rishikanta of the PLA, they have been targeting non-local people in all the valley districts and other prejudicial activities, he said.
They were allegedly involved in killing of a non-Manipuri at in Kakching district on June 23 last and killing of one non-local at Andro Huikap in Imphal East on July 8 last, he charged.
The arrested persons and seized items were handed over to Yairipok police station where a case was lodged for further investigation, the SP informed.
Meanwhile, security across Manipur has been tightened in view of the shutdown calls given by the rebel groups, including the Coordination Committee (CorCom) of five major rebel groups , to boycott celebration of India’s Independence Day in Manipur, particularly in the vicinity of the venues where Independence Day celebrations would be held, said a police source.
The source said that armed police, state and Central security forces were deployed in the capital city and headquarters of other districts of the state to check any untoward incident during the celebration.
Tightened security has been put in place well ahead of the day by way of conducting mopping operations at sensitive places, particularly in and around the Imphal city where the state level function to mark the 75th Independence Day is to be held.
Police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed across the capital city of the state to keep an eye on any suspicious activity.