Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Insurgent nabbed in Mnp also advisor of student body


Manipur police on Sunday cautioned student bodies having links with insurgent groups when an arrested member of an armed rebel group turned out to be an advisor of the student body.
A team of Imphal West police commandos apprehended an active cadre of the United National Liberation Front (UNLF) late Saturday along with a small arm.
The police said the apprehended UNLF cadre – Thokchom Suresh alias Tombi alias Parihanba (39) son of Th Kumar Singh of Khurai Sajor Leikai, Imphal East. Addressing the media at the conference hall of Imphal West district police headquarters on Sunday, ADGP (law and order) Clay Khongsai said that he is an advisor of the All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU-HQ). He said the apprehended cadres disclosed it during a verification.
The ADGP said that Thokchom Suresh was arrested during an operation at Khurai Kongpal area yesterday, around 4.50 pm, based on specific information.
He was arrested from his house and a .38 pistol along with a magazine, a laptop, two mobile phones and a wallet containing Rs 1000 in cash and Adhaar card and voter ID card were recovered from his possession, he added.
Khongsai revealed that Suresh joined the UNLF in 1997 and after obtaining basic military training at Eastern Nagaland, he was allotted MPA no. 607 of 13th batch.
“He is presently working under the command of self-styled major of UNLF Umakanta (hails from Singjamei of Imphal and currently based in Myanmar) since March 2021. The pistol confiscated from him was handed over to him by an unknown person near JN Dance Academy in November 2021, the ADGP claimed. The ADGP said that Suresh had visited and attended the foundation day of AMSU on August 28 last as the convener of the advisory committee of the student body. It was during the visit that he had collected the laptop from an unknown person to whom his commander had handed it for delivery, he said.
The ADGP said members of outlaw groups involved in the affairs of the student bodies was a matter of grave concern and the student bodies should stay away from involvement in the unlawful activities.
ADGP Clay Khongsai warned, “If the need arises, the investigation into such nexus between students’ bodies and armed outfits will be handed over to Central investigative agencies.”
Maintaining that there is law and no one is above the law, the ADGP appealed to the students’ bodies to work in the interest of the student community.
He warned that appropriate legal action will be initiated if any of the student bodies are found having nexus with outlaw groups. Meanwhile, the arrested Thokchom Suresh has been handed over to Porompat police station of Imphal East district for further investigation and necessary legal action.
In response, AMSU, in a release, clarified that the arrested insurgent was no longer an advisor of the student body. The advisory council of the union had already dissolved by a special general body held on Saturday (September 10). As such, the arrested person was not more related with the union in any way, the release added.