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Police on the hunt for IED expert

IT News
Imphal Feb. 21,

Manipur police and para military personnel engaging in the counter insurgency campaigns in this volatile border state are on the hunt for an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) expert who is giving slips to the dragnets spread to trap him.
Addressing a press conference at his office, on Wednesday, Superintendent of Police Imphal West District Jugeshchandra Haobijam, IPS said police and security forces are trying to nab the IED expert but unable to trap him. “He can run from the clutches of the police and para military forces but he can’t hide,” the SP said.
Four hardcore activists of the proscribed Kangleipak Communist Party, People’s War Group (Marxist Centre) who were responsible for extortions and planting Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at the gate of Catholic School Canchipur, here were arrested from different hideouts in Imphal area during the past 36 hours. One .32 pistol along with one magazine and 23 ammunition, two number of two wheelers, three mobile handsets and incriminating documents have been recovered from them, the SP said.

He further said that a combined team of CDO Imphal West district led by Inspector P Achouba Meetei, OC CDO Imphal West, comprising of Dy SP (CDO) IW Rojit Irom MPS and a column of 6 Assam Rifles under the supervision of Th Krishnatombi Singh, MPS Addl S.P. (Ops) Imphal West arrested them. Upon their interrogations it came to know that they had planted the IED following school authorities’ failure to fulfil their demand - to provide quota in the admission of students and donations.
The frisking and checking at Takyel Khongbal near wooden bridge, about 3 km from here on Tuesday at around 7.30 led to the arrest of Sagolshem Sanatomba alias Sanajaoba Singh, 30, son of S Shohodeva Singh of Langathel Thoubal. Following his disclosure it came to know that under the instruction of one Mani he was coming to serve demand letters.
Upon further questioning, he admitted that he along with Mani planted an IED at the gate of Catholic school, Canchipur on February 14 under the command of one Sanabam Gunajit, an active member of KCP (PWG) who arrested at about 9 pm on Tuesday.
Heisnam Kiran Kumar Singh alias Boinao, 28, and Sanabam Gunajit were also later arrested.
When asked is there any left out for the rebels responsible for serving warning to the Catholic schools authorities in the state, the SP disclosed that there is one KPC man giving slips to the dragnets of the law enforcing personnel.
Police and Assam Rifles have taken up stern actions following a series of agitations launched by various organizations including students’ bodies demanding educational institutes a free zone.

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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