IMPHAL, November 20: One suspected militant cadre was gunned downed by a combined force of Thoubal police commandos and troops of 27 Assam Rifles at Sora Karanchi Awang Leikai khunou this evening at around 12:30 pm.
On getting reliable information regarding the presence of militant cadres who were involved in extortion from the general public around the Kakching area since the past few days, the Thoubal police commandos and AR troop have been observing the area for quite some time now.
However on getting specific information today about the presence of some militants cadres involved in extortion in the area, the combined team had been conducting frisking operation.
During the operation, three suspicious looking individuals came along and on being asked to stop, the three started firing towards the security team and tried to flee from the area. The security forces retaliated and went after the three.
In the brief shoot-out one of the suspected militant cadre was killed and another nabbed while one managed to escape, added the police source.
Police further informed that the dead victim is suspected to be one Amit of Irengban and is also suspected to be a cadre of the KYKL outfit.
One 9mm pistol along with three live rounds was recovered from near the dead body, the police informed.
The dead body has been deposited to the JNIMS morgue for further verification, the police informed.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, the PRO has claimed to have arrested one PLA cadre from the general area of Salungpham Mamang Leikai of Thoubal district.
According to a PRO release, the apprehended person has been identified as s/s sgt Sarangthem Shayamchand Singh alias Sanahai, 43, s/o (L) Chaoba Singh a resident of Salungpham Mamabg Leikai.
It has further informed that one 9mm pistol with magazine and one live round were recovered from his possesssion. The recovered items along with the militant has been handed over to the Thoubal police, it added.