IMPHAL, March 1: A combined force of Imphal West Police Commandos, 116 Bn BSF and 5 Assam Rifles have arrested two hardcore cadres of KCP involved in several crimes in Imphal area including the murder of one Leishangthem Ranabir of Heirangoithong yesterday night.
The arrested cadres are Thingbaijam Chitaranjit Singh alias Tangba, 38, son of (late) Manigun of Heirangoithong Awang Maibam Leikai, and Thingbaijam Somokanta alias Tomcha, son of Saratjit of Heirangoithong Awang Maibam Leikai.
Speaking to media-persons today, DSP of CDO Imphal West, S Ibomcha stated that Chitaranjit was apprehended while a combined force of CDO Imphal West, 116 Bn BSF and 5 Assam Rifles was conducting intense frisking and checking yesterday at around 10:30 pm near the gate of Oriental College based on specific information provided by 23 Assam Rifles that some members of KCP were going to lob hand grenade.
From Chitaranjit’s disclosure another cadre Somokanta was also arrested from his residence along with various incriminating articles today at around 10 am. They disclosed that they are working under Thingujam Sorojini, 37, wife of Subhash Dev Burman of Heirangoithong Awang Maibam Leikai and one Malemnganba of KCP.
DSP Ibomcha further said that the duo has been involved in several crimes in Imphal area. They shot dead Leishangthem Ranabir of Heirangoithong Mutum Leirak near Catholic School, Canchipur.
Chitaranjit along with Lourembam Poncha, son of Lolito of Heirangoithong Awang Maibam Leikai lobbed one hand-grenade at the residence of executive engineer Thokchom Lokeshwar of Sagolband Tera Tongbram Leikai.
The duo lobbed one hand-grenade at the residence of Pradhan Chaobi of Yurembam Makha Leikai and Chitaranjit also lobbed one hand-grenade at the quarter of BDO Rajen at Lamphel Sana Keithel.
Chitaranjit also blank fired one round at a brickfield at Pangei by going together with L Ranabir and took Rs 80, 000 which was later handed over to Sorojini.
Chitaranjit along with Ranabir burnt down one van at Ningombam and also served a demand letter at a stone crusher at Pheidinga along with Th Sorojini.
Somokanta and Poncha blasted one hand-grenade at the residence of one Pradhan at Lilong Chajing Karam, and served one demand letter at Pratap Talkies along with Sorojini.
The security force have also recovered four Chinese hand-grenades, 13 live rounds of 9mm caliber, 23 live rounds of 7.65 mm caliber, two live rounds of long range cartridge, one magazine of 7.65 mm caliber, seven demand letters of KCP, one Honda Activa (silver colour) bearing registration number MN-01Q 5132 and one mobile handset with SIM card, the DSP stated.
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