Decamped IRB jawan arrested, stolen weapons still missing

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IMPHAL, July 6(Newmai News Network): A jawan of Indian Reserved Battalion (IRB) who abandoned his camp and made off with a huge cache of arms and ammunitions have been arrested by the Manipur police early today.

T Chinthianlal Paite, rifle no. 1305764, of Housa village of Bungmual in Churachandpur district of Manipur had abandoned his guard duty at Imphal Central Jail and made off with an AK 47 assault rifle, eleven AK magazines with 220 live rounds and five INSAS assault rifle magazines with 100 live rounds on the intervening night of June 23 and 24.

Acting on a tip-off, Imphal West police commandos conducted a raid at Leimakhong in Imphal West district and managed to arrest the IRB fugitive at around 4:30 am today.

There has not been report of any recovery of arms and ammunitions stolen by the jawan following his arrest as the police are tight lipped and refused to divulge the details of either the weapons still hidden by the arrested jawan or of the possibility of them being sold off to underground outfits.

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