Security forces foil attempt to trigger blast ahead of Republic Day, UNLF cadre arrested, arms recovered

Imphal: Manipur Police and Assam Rifles on Wednesday foiled plantation of explosive devices and attempt to target security forces in Bishnupur district on Republic Day eve.

Acting on a reliable input that some cadres of the banned UNLF organization are planning to plant explosive devices and target security forces in Bishnupur on the eve of the upcoming Republic Day, teams of CDO- BPR led by additional superintendent of police (SP) (Ops) O. Wangkhomba assisted by CDO OC Y. Shaktishen and a column of 29 AR under the overall supervision of SP Bishnupur conducted a cordon and search operation at Ngakchoupokpi area, Bishnupur Police SP Priyadarshini Laishram said.

During the cordon and search operation, one of the teams came across two persons at Inter-village road near Khwairakpan Yangoi Ningthou Temple in a suspected manner. As the team approached them, both of them tried to run away. During the chase, the team caught hold of one person along with a polythene bag while the other person escaped from the place. Immediately all teams were called in and a massive man hunt was launched in the lake area of Ngakchoupokpi area, she added.

The arrested person was identified as one Khundongbam Lanjingba Singh, 40, son of Kh. Brojendro Singh of Wangkhei Ningthem Pukhri Mapal, Imphal East. He revealed that his paternal uncle is Pambei Khudongbam, chairman of the UNLF.

“He also revealed that they were planning to plant the device in Tiddim road before the Republic Day,” the senior police officer said.

From his possession the security forces recovered one 0.32 mm pistol, one 0.32 mm pistol magazine, one, M20 pistol magazine, eight live rounds of 0.32 mm, one IED gelatin pack weighing 415 gms, two detonators, one exide battery (12V) power source, one electronic safety fuse, one cordless remote control initiator, one Duracell (9V) battery and one black Hyundai Tucson vehicle without any registration number.

Lanjingba revealed the police that he is working for the UNLF and on the instructions of one S/S Major Nongdon of the UNLF. He collected the recovered items from one Bobo from Wangkhei Keithel Ashangbi to deliver it to an unknown person at Khwairakpam and was arrested during the meeting, the officer said.

The arrested person along with the above seized items were handed over to Bishnupur Police station and a case has been registered. Massive search is being carried out to arrest other escaped person, she added.

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