Police seize large haul of explosive materials

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IMPHAL, December 21(NNN): Manipur police have seized large haul of explosive materials meant for the banned People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) from a house in Khurai Chingangbam Leikai, Imphal East in the wee hours of Friday, a police official said.

Briefing the media at the Imphal West commando complex, S Ibomcha, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Imphal West said the seized items include three 1.5 ft long finished bombs, four 1 ft long explosive cakes (labeled as Charge Demolition M112), three transistors, two detonators with wires, eight batteries, one Bajaj Super without registration number suspected to be used to fit explosives and two demand letters of PREPAK, addressed to Dr Bilashini (Rs 10 lakh) and Dr Landhoni Rs 5 lakh).

At about 3 am today, based on a specific input, a combined team of commandos, Imphal West and Imphal East led by Inspector P John, Officer-in-charge, commando, Imphal West conducted cordon and search at the house of one Haorongbam Sharatchandra, 58, of Khurai Chingabam Leikai and recovered the above explosive materials, the DSP said.

However, the main accused namely, Haorongbam Shanker, 23, son of H Sharatchandra of Khurai Chingabam Leikai was not found at his residence, he said, adding the father of the accused, Sharatchandra was apprehended along with the explosive materials.

Sharatchandra revealed that the explosive items were brought and kept by his son and associates four days back, the DSP further said, adding the arrested also disclosed that the two bombs which exploded on December 19 near Panchayat Bhawan, Porompat was taken away from his house. The seized scooter was procured by his son recently to use in nefarious activities, Ibomcha said.

A criminal case has been registered at Porompat Police Station in connection with the seizure of the explosive items and started investigation into it, he added.

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