Heirok massacre culprit, three other UGs nabbed

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Imphal, Sep 26: At least four cadres belonging to different underground organizations including a cadre of the proscribed PREPAK who was involved in the Heirok massacre of March 23, 2008 were apprehended by a team of Thoubal district police Commandos during counter insurgency operations conducted in their district jurisdiction since last two days.

According to an official statement issued by the Sr. SP Thoubal, Clay Khongsai, a team of Thoubal district police commandos apprehended a cadre of the proscribed PREPAK (VC) indentified as Moirangthem Itaoba alias Lily alias Puremba alias Rohil, 30, son of M Tompok Singh of Heirok Part-I, Heitupokpi Leikai yesterday morning while the police commando team were conducting frisking and checking duties at Thoubal bazar.
The official release further mentioned that the police during preliminary interrogation of the arrested PREPAK cadre disclosed to the police that he joined the outfit in the year 1999 through one Haotomba Aimol, 40, of Pallel Aimol Khun and got basic military training at Khontan under Army No. 0875. Further, the arrested individual revealed to the police that he took part in the shoot out incident on March 24, 2008 in a Thabal Chongba at Heirok Part-II Heitupokpi ground and was presently working in the finance section of the PREPAK, the official statement added.

The statement further mentioned that another cadre of the PREPAK (VC) group indentified as Khoirom Ibomcha Singh alias Kangba alias Suresh, 19, son of  Kh Manikhomdon Singh of  Wangjing Lamding Elangbam Leikai was nabbed yesterday afternoon around 3.20 pm by a team of Thoubal district police commandos from Wangjing bazar while the police team were conducting normal frisking and checking.
On the other hand another team of Thoubal district police commandos were able to arrest a cadre of the underground KCP (Noyon faction) identified as Khumukcham Binand Singh, 30, son of late Kh Amubi Singh of Samadram Laikol Maning Leikai yesterday morning around 10.30 am from near Thoubal YK College. On questioning the individual disclosed to the police that he is an active member of the outfit and working in the finance section.

In yet another incident, a combined team of Thoubal district police commandos and personnel of 21 Assam Rifles apprehended a hardcore cadre of the underground KCP (MC) during operation yesterday early morning at Salungpham area.

According to the source, the arrested KCP (MC) cadre was identified as Ningthoujam Surjit Meetei alias Achaiba, 27, son of N Gojen of Nongmaikhong Makha Leikai. He was arrested from a house at Salungpham Makha Leikai yesterday early morning by the combined security forces.

The official source further mentioned that security forces were able to recover a 9 mm pistol containing one magazine loaded with four live rounds, one HE hand grenade and three demand letters of KCP (MC) from his possession.

The official source further said the police during preliminary interrogation found out that the cadre is an active member of the KCP (MC) and he is working in the finance section under the command of one Khoirangba of Thanga village, the official source added.

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