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After drugs, now Thoubal Police haul up arms smugglers chain

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Imphal, Oct 17

No matter how stormy is the sea, if the captain of the ship is dedicated and equipped with wisdoms of how to overcome by building trust and confidence of crew members, they make it to a safe shore. Once upon a time Manipur Police was known across the country for its expertise on counter insurgency operation and of course alleged fake encounter, but today the state police is proving its intellect on investigations by not only pulling up dozens of drug smugglers along with illicit items but had successfully destroyed several illegal heroine No. 4 factories at various parts of Thoubal district. Report about drug haul in the Thoubal district was rampant when Dr. S. Ibomcha Singh, the MPS cadre took charge as the Superintendent of Police of the district.

After drugs, the district police of Thoubal have successfully traced a chain of arms smugglers and arrested at least 2(two) of them yesterday, another two are on the hunt. The investigation was done by selected police officers of Thoubal district under strict supervision of the district SP Dr. S. Ibomcha after combined team of Assam Rifles and Thoubal district Police Commando arrested one Arms smuggler identified as Riyazuddin @ Tomba from Kalaikhong area in Thoubal district on October 13. Two AK-47 Rifles and one 9mm Pistol along with magazines were reportedly recovered from his possession. As per release of the Assam Rifles, the weapons were recovered while searching his residence at Kalaikhong in Thoubal district.

Briefing media persons at Thoubal yesterday evening , district Superintendent of Police Dr. S. Ibomcha said that an investigation has been carried out following the arrest of armed smuggler Riyazuddin @ Tomba after registration of a case under FIR No. 107(10)2019 at Lilong Police Station under section 400 IPC and 25(1-C) A Act. During the course of interrogation it was learnt that Riyazuddin @ Tomba purchase the seized two AK -47 Rifles from one armed dealer namely MD. Azad Khan @ [email protected] Ali Khan (aged about 45 years) sone of MD. Abdul Ajiz of Lilong Turel Ahanbi Yangbi Leikai. The pistol seized was reported to have been purchased from one of his associate arms dealers namely Md. Tabarak from Kwakta Ward No. 8 in Bishnupur district.

“At around 10.30 am (October 16) our police team led by Shri Sachidananda Soibam MPS , Aditional SP (Ops), Thoubal, assiated by Shonjakhup Haokip MPS, deputy SP CDO, Thoubal, Inspector N. Sadananda, OC /CDO Thoubal, Inspector O. Ajit OC/ Lilong PS , Sun Inspector Md. Isha Khan arrested the arms dealer Md. Azad Khan @ Ad. Ali Khan from his residence at Lilong Turel Ahanbi Yangbi Leikai”, Dr. Ibomcha said.

He added that some tools which have been used in making illegal arms were also recovered from the house . The arrested arms dealer also reportedly revealed that the weapons seized from Md. Riyajuddin , who is in police custody were sold by him two months back. He also disclosed that the similar arms seized were purchased by him from one Md. Tabarak from Kwakta Ward No. 8 in Bishnupur district. The police team also recovered another pistol hidden by Md. Riyajudin at the back of his house, Dr. Ibomcha added. 

The also came to know that MD Azad Khan is a professional arms  maker. Dr. Ibomcha while talking to the media persons said that some months back he handed over one Single barrel gun, which he made,  to one MD Ayujuddin , son of (Late) MD Sanato of Moijing Awang Kangleibung Leikai. The single barrel gun was recovered by the police team.

Dr. Ibomcha further said that Md. Ayajuddin could not be arrested as he managed to escape. On the other hand the police team also raided the house of Md. Tabarak ( the one who sold the pistol)  at Kwakta Ward No. 8 in Bishnupur district but could not found. Tabarak was originally from Phaobakchao Konuma presently staying at Kwakta. 

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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