Breakthrough in Singjamei blast; four suspects arrested

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IMPHAL, Feb 19: In a major breakthrough in the Singjamei bomb blast case, combined forces have arrested four militant suspects including a female involved in the bomb attack at the Singjamei residence of an executive engineer of IFCD that resulted in the killing of a Havildar of 7 MR and injuring four others, from a successful counter insurgency operation.
 A press meet was held in this connection at the Commando complex, North AOC. Speaking during the meet, ASP Imphal, S. Ibomcha revealed that after receiving reliable intelligence input about the presence of KCP-Noyon faction members involved in the grenade attack at the residence of EE Chongtham Ranbir Singh, a combined team of Imphal West Commandos and 116 Battalion BSF conducted a CI.ops at Heirangoithong area on February 17 at around 6:30 am.
The ASP said that during the operation two suspects including a female were detained for further verification identified as one Laithangbam Ingocha Singh, 46, s/o (L) L. Khomei Singh of Heirangoithong Ahongsangbam Leikai and Khanam Ton alias Lingjel, 26, d/o Kh. Tomba Singh of Bamon Kampu.
On verification and questioning of both, it was confirmed that the crime was committed by them under the command of one Digbijoy Singh of Heirangoithong subsequently both of them were apprehended from Liwa Lambi at around 8:30 am the same day, he said.
The ASP further revealed that on further questioning to Lingjel (former PLA, s/s Lance corporal allotted Army no. 2415 of Batch 5) she disclosed that they took the grenade from one Sarangthem Sanatombi alias Thambou, 33, w/o S. Dorendro Singh of Chanam Pukhri Mapal.
Following the disclosure Sanatombi was also later arrested from Singjamei Chanam Pukhri Mapal in the evening around 4 pm the same day. Besides that Laithangbam Radhamani, 45, w/o Laithangbam Ingocha was also involved in giving and receiving one pistol to Digbijoy, he said.
One Honda Activa bearing no MN/1M-4466 (grey in colour) and a mobile hand set which was used on the said crime were recovered. On other hand another Chinese made hand grenade along with detonator from Sarangthem Sanathoi alias Thambou was also recovered by the police.

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