Two UNLF cadres involved in killing rapists held in Manipur

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/17/2020 11:41:35 AM IST

Two UNLF cadres allegedly involved in a series of killing of rapists in Manipur were arrested during security measures being taken up in the state ahead of the Republic Day celebration.

The two UNLF cadres were arrested at 11:30 a.m. on Friday by a combined team of police commandos and 6 Assam Rifles at Top Khongnangkhong under Porompat police station of Imphal East. Two 9 mm pistols – Pietro Beretta Gardone VT (Made in Italy) loaded with six live rounds and Steyr Mannlicher Austria, Steyr M9-A1 bearing no. 062051 along with magazines loaded with five live rounds were seized from the two cadres. A car (Cheveloret UVA, ML-05H/0604) in which the two cadres travelled and some incriminating items were also recovered from the active cadres. Parading the arrested cadres, Imphal East district SP Dr Haobijam Jogeshchandra Singh identified the arrested cadres as; Kloijam Jiten Singh alias Kanglenjao (47) of Naoremthong Khullen and Athokpam Somokanta Singh alias Inaocha (40) of Tera Sapam Leirak (both from Imphal West district).

The SP alleged that the two arrested cadres were involved in  killing two alleged rapists in separate incidents in August 2017 at Takyel Khongbal and at Thanga in Bishnupur district in September 2019.  Three other cadres were also with them in the shooting and killing of the alleged rapists. They were still at large, he added. 

The arrested cadres along with the seized items were handed over to the Porompat police station for further legal action.

In Manipur, particularly in valley areas, police and security agencies have been conducting random search operation besides frisking and checking at sensitive areas the last week.

The Imphal East SP said operations were conducted as a part of preventive measures to avoid any unwanted incidents ahead of Republic Day celebration.

As part of the preventive measures, police conducted a cordon and search operation at some areas in and around the market area in the heart of the capital city on Friday morning.

The operations were conducted at Dharmasala, BT Road, family welfare office,and temporary market areas.

During the operation, around 80 persons were verified, of which eight were picked up after they failed to produce valid documents to establish their identity. They were handed over to the city police station for further verification.


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