IMPHAL, June 19 (NNN): There were altogether 137 cadres of United Revolutionary Front (URF), Lanheiba group at the Loitang Khunou designated camp in Imphal’s northern outskirt when they moved in after signing the Suspension of Operation (SoO) with the government but today there are only 17 cadres present.
After yesterday’s fiasco at the designated camp, Imphal West district additional superintendent of police (operation) Meghahandra, went to the designated camp of the URF at Loitang Khunou and checked the camp. The police officer found only 17 cadres present in the camp.
It appeared that many have deserted the camp while some have been killed. However, the precise factor for the large number of cadres not stationing in the camp is not confirmed officially.
Meanwhile, the two cadres of the URF who were caught by the locals yesterday morning for stealing the machine parts of the defunct Manipur Spinning Mill were produced before the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Imphal West district today and remanded to 3 days police custody.
It can be recalled here that over a thousand people from adjoining villages of Loitang Khunou, Senjam Chirang, Senjam Khullen, Moibung Khunou, Khurkhul, Loitang Khullen and Phumlou conglomerated this afternoon and started dismantling the wall of Manipur Spinning Mill. Over 400 feet of the wall got dismantled when the security force personnel rushed in to disperse the mob at around 8 pm yesterday.
Infuriated by the anti-social activities of the militant group United Revolutionary Front (URF-Lanheiba) which is engaging in Suspension of Operation (SoO) with the government, over the mob dismantled the wall of the defunct Manipur Spinning Mill which houses the designated camp of URF-Lanheiba group and 165 Battalion S-Coy Territorial Army at Loitang Khunou in north Imphal outskirt.
At around 8 last evening, large number of police personnel in over 40 vehicle loads rushed to the Manipur Spinning Mill and dispersed the mob of over one thousand people by shelling tear gas and by blank-firing.
Meanwhile, the Manipur government led by deputy chief minister Gaikhangam has requested the local leaders to wait till December for the total shifting of the URF designated camp along with other security force posts from Loitang Khunou. The local leaders had met the deputy chief minister last evening. The deputy chief minister has also assured tp provide as many number of security force personnel as the situation needs to deal the URF from creating trouble.