IMPHAL, Dec 22: Security forces have arrested atleast 10 militant cadres in successful counter insurgency operations launched in different part of the state over the last 24 hours, according to the police.
In the first incidents the Imphal East district police commandos arrested at least four militant cadres from separate incidents yesterday.
A statement issued by the SP Imphal East district a team of the district commandos arrested three cadres of the proscribed PREPAK yesterday at about 8:30 am from Urup Arapti.
The individuals have been identified as one Konsam Momen, 42, s/o (L) K. Tombi Singh of Arapti Mamang Leikai, Konsam Nando Singh, 32, s/o K. Amu Singh of Arapti Mamang Leikai and Takhellambam Laingam Singh, 29, s/o (L) T. Bihari Singh of Arapti Mamang Leikai.
It said on verification they disclosed that they are active member of PREPAK and they joined the outfit in the month of November 2009 through one Takhellambam Thonglen alias Samananda alias Victor and they were working under his command. The individuals were also involved in extortion of money from general public, govt official etc besides that they also provides shelters for PREPAK cadres and helped them in transportation of arms and ammunitions from one place to another.
The statement further stated that on the same day a team of the district commandos also arrested another PULF cadre namely one Md. Faruk Khan alias Lucky, 25, s/o Md. Babu Khan Kshetri Awang Leikai from Sanjenthong area and recovered a demand letter note in the name of PULF (Azad) in favour in vaour to Director Horticulture and Soil Conservation.
On spot verification, the individual disclosed that he joined the outfit in the month of March through one Ayub Ali of PULF and currently working under his commad and to be involved in illegal extortions.
The Imphal West district Police commandos also claimed to have arrested two activist of the proscribed KCP (MC) on December 21 at about 5:30 pm from Keishampat Thoubal bus parking namely Ngairangbam Chingkheihunba alias Boy alias Malem alias Moramba, 28, s/o Ng. Ibotombi Singh of Yourbung Mayai Leikai and Md. Achouba alias Khan, 21, s/o Md. Jumakhan of Khabeisoi 7th MR gate.
The individuals were assigned to serve demand letters to Hotels and Shops located at Paona Bazar and extorted huge amount for party fund. Two mobile handsets along with SIM cards were seized from their possession, added the statement.
Further a statement issued by the PRO Defense Wing claimed that, a combined team of 22 Assam Rifles of 57 Mountain Artillery Brigade of the Red Shield Division apprehended a cadre of banned militant outfit, Peopleâ€™s Liberation Army on December 20. The PLA cadre namely Self Styled Lieutenant Meisnam Pramud Singh alias Johny was apprehended from Kamaranga area of Jiribam subdivision of Imphal East district. The individual has been handed over to the Jiribam police station on December 20, 2010. The PLA cadre is suspected to be the financial secretary of the banned outfit in Jiribam and Cachar area. The apprehension of this hard core cadre has given a severe blow to the banned outfit. It further said that earlier on December 19, 22 Assam Rifles apprehended a PREPAK Over Ground Worker (OGW) namely Chourjit Meitei resident of Sorok Atingbi, Hillghat, Jiribam. The PREPAK OGW was working on behalf of the banned outfit to recruit new cadres from the area.
A mobile phone was recovered from the individual, which contained several messages regarding new recruitments. The individual was later handed over to the police where he admitted to his crime.
Meanwhile, the statement issued by the PRO Defense troops of 33 Assam Rifles of Logtak Brigade under Red Shield Division along with 27 Assam Rifles under 9 Sector Assam Rifles, based on reliable information, launched specific search operation in Ithai Bazar Maning Leikai on December 22, 2010 and apprehended one proscribed KCP (MC) Lamyanba Khuman faction, namely Wangkhem Indiya Singh (49) resident of Ithai Khunou Mamang Leikai.
In yet another search operation, the team apprehended one terrorist of PREPAK, namely Achom Geet Chandra Singh alias Abung (27) resident of Ithai Bazar Maning Leikai. It claimed that both the individuals have revealed that they were active members of KCP (MC) and PREPAK outfit and to be involved in recruitment, tax collection and extortion for the terrorist outfit from Ithai Bazar Maning Leikai. The apprehended cadres have been handed over to Thoubal Police Station.
At the same time, a statement issued by the Senior SP Thoubal district police, for the similar incident said that a search operation was launched by the district Commandos of Thoubal District along with 27 AR and 33 AR at Nongmaikhong Kompuk area and apprehended one cadres each of KCP (MC) and PREPAK at about 4:30 am.
In the statement the arrested individual were identified as one Wankhem India Singh, 49, s/o (L) Manikchand Singh of Ithai Khuman Mamang Leikai (KCP-MC) and Achom Abung alias Geetchandra Singh s.o A. Manimohon Singh of Ithai Bazaar Maning Leikai (PREPAK).
It said that the individuals during preliminary questioning disclosed that they are the active members of KCP (MC) and PREPAK respectively.