The Imphal Free Press
IMPHAL, Aug 13: A combined team of the Bishnupur police commandos and 4/8 GR have managed to foil a possible major bomb attack before the August 15 Independence Day celebration by underground elements with the arrest of a hardcore cadre of the UNLF and recovery of a powerful bomb weighing about 5kgs.
The bomb was later defused safely inside a river stream at Tera Urak-Khwairakpan area this evening by a team of police experts.
A combined team of Bishnupur CDOs and 4/8GR recovered the powerful bomb following arrest of a UNLF cadre named Lt Corporal Oinam Anand alias Angouton, 22, son of Budhi of Thanga Mayai Leikai at present residing at Moirang Patlou.
He was arrested around 2.30pm by the combined team from Nambol Kamong Sabal Maning Leikai area.
On revealation of the arrested MPA cadre, a powerful bomb weighing about 5kgs was recovered from a deserted area of Kamong later today.
The arrested UG was produced before the media at the office of SP Bishnupur late this afternoon.
Speaking to the media, the arrested UG revealed that he was assigned to perform some activities before the Independence Day celebration on August 15 somewhere between Nambol and Bishnupur under the command of Seargeant Ngamba alias Romeo of the MPA/UNLF.
He further revealed that he joined UNLF during April 2008 and trained as a bomb expert in the 28th batch in Myanmar along with two MPA cadres namely one Chinglen and Ingocha.
Anand further revealed that on January 21, 2010 he was involved in the explosion of a powerful bomb at Loktak area which caused partial damages to machinery of the LDA.
Speaking to mediapersons, SP Bishnupur, Jayenta said security forces during a specific operation managed to foil a possible subversive activity by the UGs ahead of August 15 Independence Day celebration.
He also said today’s achievement of the combined team in arresting the hardcore militant and recovery of a powerful bomb has given a sigh of relief to the security agency. He also expressed his gratitude to all the sources which led to the success of today’s operation.
Regarding the powerful bomb seized today, the SP said the bomb was meant to attack security forces in Bishnupur district.