IMPHAL, June 14: The Assam Rifles has in a release clarified on a news item carried by IFP under the heading ‘Mob Burns Down AR Vehicles for transporting IMFL’ published on June 14 that the liquor was captured by Assam Rifles troops at Lambui at 05:30 AM on June 13 while acting on an intelligence of transportation of arms on Imphal-Ukhrul road.
According to the release, the liquor was being carried in a Tata DI mini truck bearing registration number NL-01 A-3559 and was packed in eighty 20 litre pouches. Out of the four apprehended persons, two claimed to belong to a student union in Ukhrul and also claimed that they had “caught” the liquor, the release said.
The seized liquor was being moved to Ukhrul PS for deposition where some miscreants possibly belonging to a “terrorist outfit” stooped and burnt the vehicle alongwith the liquor at Jessami road junction at 12 noon, the release maintained.
Assam Rifles further added that the miscreants were possibly acting on behalf of certain terrorist outfit with an agenda of defaming the Assam Rifles.