Thursday, October 6, 2022

Cops nab five more PLA cadres, seize 4 hand grenades

Correspondent

Five cadres of People Liberation Army (PLA), the armed wing of Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) were apprehended along with four hand grenades in Manipur’s Thoubal district on Tuesday.
The arrest of the five cadres, including a woman, was barely three days after the security forces had arrested seven cadres of the same armed rebel group with arms and ammunition.
A combined force of police commandos and troops of 16 Assam Rifles arrested the five cadres during an operation, based on inputs provided by the Assam Rifles authority.
The combined team rushed to the Tentha area of the district today morning and conducted a cordon and search operation based on the inputs.
Based on the inputs, the combined force conducted a cordon and search operation at Tentha Tuwaband Leikai and arrested the three cadres along with seizure of four hand grenades.
The police identified the arrested cadres as Keidongbam Subol @ Khomei (43), Paonam Manikanta Singh alias Amuyaima (32) and Thambalmani (46) wife of Md Tomba.
In the follow up operation based on their disclosure, two more cadres were arrested, the police said.
They were identified as Sougaijam Ronan (32) and Naorem Britain (27).
Citing the spot interrogation report, the police said that the arrested cadres were involved in recent bomb blast incidents in some places and attacking non-local people along with the seven cadres arrested earlier on August 13.
Earlier on August 13, a combined force of commando unit of Thoubal district police and troops of 16 Assam Rifles had arrested seven cadres of the PLA in a day-long operation in various places in the valley districts.
The police linked the activities of the seven cadres arrested earlier with the five cadres arrested today. The police alleged that the arrested five cadres were also involved in various bomb blasts and attacks on non-Manipuris in the recent time.
The police said that as per the inputs provided by the AR, some PLA cadres had planned to trigger explosives to disturb the Independence Day celebration under the instruction of its self-styled Lt Colonel Rishikanta @ Ranbir.
The inputs further stated that the cadres were also planning to target non-local people in various valley districts of the state, and for this purpose, arms and explosives had been transported from Moreh and deposited at a house in the Tentha area of the district.
The police source alleged that the arrested cadres were involved in an IED blast at Durga Mandir at Telepati in Imphal East on May 13, 2022 and also another blast at Khongjom Sapam in Thoubal on May 30, 2022
The arrested cadres along with the seized items were handed over to Khongjom police station of Thoubal district where a case was lodged against them.
Amidst these developments, RPF, the armed wing of PLA, in an email statement today, clarified that the seven individuals arrested by the security forces on August 13 are not cadres of the outfit and not related and have nothing to do with the activities of RPF or its armed wing PLA.