Imphal: Chief minister N. Biren Singh rewarded Rs 10 lakh to the Imphal East Police team, who had rescued three workers abducted by suspected KNLA militants from Laikhong, in a simple function held at the chief minister’s secretariat on Friday.
Commendation certificates would be given to all the personnel and officers, who took part in the operation, Biren said.
Suspected KNLA militants abducted three workers engaged in the construction of a bridge at Laikhong near Nongpok Keithelmanbi on February 7 at about 10 pm. After the matter was reported to Thoubal Dam Police station on February 11 at about 11.30 am, Imphal East District Police and its commandos immediately swung into action launching intensive search operations at Keihao, Henjang, Kamuching forest hill range, the chief minister said.
After a continuous search operation, the chief minister said, the team led by Imphal East Additional SP (Operations) Roni Mayengbam rescued the workers safely from a hill range located between Boljang and New Boljang village after a fierce gunfight that lasted for around two hours starting from around 5 am on Friday. The abductors escaped into the thick jungle leaving behind the workers and one AK-56 assault rifles.
No matter police have been friendly to common people, the chief minister said, they would however deal anti-social elements, mischief mongers and law breakers with an iron hand.
Urging the people not to give shelter to such miscreants, Biren said search operation would continue till the abductors are nabbed.
He lauded the Imphal East police team for successfully rescuing the workers safely.
DGP L.M. Khaute and other high ranking officers of Manipur Police department were also present at the occasion.