IMPHAL, Dec 8: A combined team of the Imphal West District and Thoubal district police commandos seized a huge cache of concealed arms and ammunitions of the proscribed RPF/PLA from an active over ground worker of the militant outfit.
A press conference cum weapon display was held today at the commando complex, Imphal. Briefing media persons the Additional SP (Ops) Imphal West district Police, Dr. AK. Jhalajit, revealed that relying on an intelligence input that some cadres of PLA and its overground members are taking shelter in the general area of Wabagai Yangbi, of Thoubal district, a joint Team of Imphal West district commandos and the Thoubal district police commandos launched a search operation at about 4:pm of December 7 in that area.
After a thorough search of the area an active over ground member of RPF/PLA is identified as one Naorem Komol alias Kamal Meitei, 34, s/o N. Leibaklokpa Singh of Wabagai Yangbi was apprehended from his residence at about 5pm.
The Additional SP further said that the arrested individual presently is worming under the Thoubal District Commander of PLA, identified as one Sanju and worker under the cover of an NGO namely Rapid Intevention And Care (RIAC), Wabagai Lamkhai as Outreach worker. Moreover he further disclosed that the RIAC is getting grants from Manipur State Aids Control Society (MACS).
From his disclosure huge cache of concealed arms and ammunition were recovered from the residence premises concealed under the earth.
The recovered items included seven AK series Rifles with 14 magazines and 253 ammunitions, one R.P.G, one Sten Carbine with one magazine, one M-16 UBGL with one magazine and 70 ammunitions and four 9 mm pistol with four magazines.
As per the disclosure the weapons recovered belongs to the RPF/PLA militant, said the Additional SP.
In the meantime, responding to queries raised by the media persons the arrested individual disclosed that he was handed over the arms and ammunitions by one self styled district commander who earlier approached him in person in the month of September.
Subsequently as instructed by said commander of the outfit he buried the weapons inside his premises wrapped with tyre tubes. Despite repeated request to collect to weapons through several conversations on phones the outfit never turned up.
In another incident, the Imphal West district police commandos arrested a cadre of the proscribed PREPAK (VC) this morning around 7:30 am from RIMS gate.
A statement issued by the SSP of the district, the arrested individual have been identified to be one Abujam Bishorjit, 35, s/o (L) A. Manihar of Shamurou Awang Leikai.
It said that on spot verification the individual disclosed that he joined the said organization in the month of March, 2010 through one Nganba alias Nongdamba of PREPAK (VC). He is serving as a peon at Manipur Secretariat and he had extorted huge amount of money from RIMS Doctors, Government employees and general public for party fund, it said.
Further it stated that one ID card, three list of Doctoers, two receive books containing amount which he had extorted in the name of PREPAK (VC), one CD-Disc and one mobile handset were recovered from the possession of the arrested person.