IMPHAL, November 6: Security forces have arrested at least six militant cadres along with arms and ammunitions during separate counter insurgency operations, launched in different parts of the state since the past three days.
A statement issued by the Senior Superintendent of Police, informed that a combined team of the Imphal west district police commandos and troops of 10 AR arrested two cadres of the proscribed UNLF on November 4 from Phayeng near Don Bosco School around 10:35 in the morning.
The individuals have been identified as one Okram Bobo alias Angongakpan, 22, s/o O Ranbir Singh of Sagolband Bijoy Govinda Thangapat Mapal (army no. 2242) and Thounaojam Bachan alias Achouba alias Ahouba, 28, s/o (L) Th. Loken Singh of Heirangoithong (army no.2262).
It stated that on spot verification they disclosed to have joined the outfit in the year 2008 and trained at Burma.
The statement further informed that another joint team of the district police commandos and 18th Sikh regiment arrested two cadres of the proscribed KYKL on November 5 around 3:10 pm from their respective houses.
They have been identified as one Pukhrambam Jiten Singh alias Korou, 41, s/o P. Meipak Singh of Thangmeiband Hijam Dewan Leikai and Tongbram Dinesh Meetei, 42, s/o T. Tiken Meetei of Bachaspati Leikai Uripok.
On spot verification Jiten disclosed that he is working under one s/s caption Irom Kumar alias Romi alias Pongba of Tera Sapam Leirak since the last 2-3 years, it said.
He also disclosed that he along with his brother in law, Tongbram Dinesh, had been transporting arms and ammunitions besides collecting money from various government officials.
Five Chinese made hand grenades with detonators, a 9mm pistol with magazine containing two live rounds were also seized from Dinesh, it said.
In the meantime, the PRO IGAR (S) has stated in a separate press release that a combined team of 36 Assam Rifles and 43 Assam Rifles arrested a cadre of the proscribed KYKL militant while conducting joint operation in the general area of Kanglatombi on November 5.
The arrested cadre has been identified as sgt Huidrom Sharat, 38, s/o Tomba Singh of Saijang, Imphal east and handed over to Sekmai Police station, it added.
On the other hand, a statement issued by the PIB Defense Wing, stated that the troops of 33 Assam Rifles of Logtak Brigade under Red Shield Division apprehended one proscribed UNLF namely s/s lance corporal Moirangthem Sanajauba Singh alias Khoiren, 25 s/o Ibohal Singh of Moirang Lamkhai Khoiru, Bishenpur from general area of Moirang Lamkhai Khoiru, today. He was involved in illegal tax collection and extortion related activities in the area of Moirang. He has been handed over to Moirang Police Station, it said.