Four PREPAK cadres arrested

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IMPHAL, Nov 29: Security forces arrested altogether four militant cadres of the proscribed PREPAK while conducting separate counter insurgency operation today.

In the first incident, a team combined team comprising of the Imphal district police commandos and Bishnupur district police commandos arrested two PREPAK cadres including a female activist, informed a statement issued by the Senior SP Imphal West district.

It said the combined team acting on credible first arrested Laishram Amuba Singh alias Amu Singh, 38, s/o L. Moirangningthou Singh of Leingang Mangjin bazaar, Wagoo this morning around 6:10 pm from Thumbuthong Amanba.

On spot verification the arrested individual disclosed to have working under the commando of S/S Ajit alias Rocky alias Mico alias Leo of PREPAK for past one year.

He disclosed to have extorted a sum of rupees 3.5 Lakhs from Kumbi MLA, N Mangi after hurling one hand grenade by his co-associate identified to be Bungcha and Romeo under the instruction of Ajit, it said.

It further asserted the arrested cadre along with his associates also hurled a Chinese made hand grenade at the residence of an Adhaksha of Bishnupur district and also served intimidation to various petrol pumps and businessmen in the district.

A Chinese made hand grenade along with detonator and one mobile handset were recovered from Amuba.

The official statement further informed that on follow up action the team arrested a female member of the PREPAK from her Leingang Mangjin bazaar, Wangoo.

The arrested female has been identified as Laishram Linthoingambi alias Iche alias Angoubi alias Leima, 33, w/o L Deben Singh.

As per spot verification she disclosed to have been assisting Amuba since one year ago. She was assigned to transport hand grenade from one place to another and also serving demand letters to various oil pumps and businessmen, said the statement.   

On the other hand, a team of the Bishnupur district police commandos have arrested two hardcore cadres of the proscribed PREPAK during a search operation conducted today at Wangoo and Sagang area. The operation was carried out under the supervision of OC/CDO Bishnupur.

A police release said the arrested members of the PREPAK cadres were involved in hurling of grenade to the house of N Mangi Singh, MLA Kumbi on November 8, 2011 and also in hurling of grenade to the house of one Tongbram ongbi Hemabati Devi alias Bina of Keirenphabi, Adhakshya, Zilla Parishad-Bishnupur on November 16, 2011. They were also involved in serving of extortion demand notes to Pradhans, Autorikshaw/Magic van owners association and various government officials in Bishnupur district.

The arrested UGs are identified as Loitongbam Romio Singh, 29 son of Udhop of Wangoo Ahallup Leikai and Thokchom Abungcha Meitei, 21 son of Romon of Khoijumantabi Makha Leikai, the release said adding they were working under the command of SS Capt. N Ajit Meitei alias Dhamen alias Tangba of Bashikhong, Imphal east.

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