Thoubal, March 23
Combined team of state police and the BSF under the supervision of Thoubal District Police Superintendent Dr. S. Ibomcha Singh, MPS arrested three persons including a leader of Reformist Students’ Front (RSF) from various parts of Thoubal district in connection with the IED blast that took place near BSF E-Coy, Wangjing Tekcham Leikai at around 7.30 pm yesterday.
All those arrested along with explosive materials were today paraded before media persons today morning.
Talking to reporters SP Dr. S. Ibomcha said that soon after the blast, combined team of state force and BSF rushed to the area and conducted Cordon and Search Operation and house to house search.
“During the search operation, a blood soaked jacket was found. We followed the blood trail up to western bank of Heirok River. We then conducted intensive search operations assisted by BSF personnel. After crossing Heirok river, while searching an area at Wangjing Wangkhei, our team surrounded two suspected houses. In that one suspected person was found hiding in an incomplete pucca house on the western side of the house one Elangbam Sanahal Singh (52 yrs) of Wangjing Wangkhei Maibam leirak”, the SP said that the person was overpowered by the team when he tried to escape and he has been picked up from the spot.
The person identified himself as one Md. Iliyas Khan (22 yrs) S/o Md. Heshamuddin Khan @ Tomba of Sangaiyumpham Pt-I, Puleipokpi. On spot inquiry, he disclosed that he along with one Phundreimayum Md. Akram Hussain (22 yrs) S/o Md. Muheiruddnn of Sangaiyumpham Pt-I. Puleipokpi planted and blasted an IED near the ECoy 113 Bn, BSF Camp at Wangjing Tekcham on the instruction of one Khumukcham Pradeep Luwang (33 yrs) S/o Kh. Mangoljao Singh of Kakching Khunou Thingnam Bokul Leikai.
Immediately, the combined team rushed to Sangaiyumpham area and conducted search operation. In that Phundreimayum Md. Akram Hussain was arrested. After that a team led by Addl. SP (Ops) Thoubal launched an operation and Khumukcham Pradeep Luwang (33 yrs) S/o Kh. Mangoljao Singh of Kakching Khunou Thingnam Bokul Leikai was arrested from near Khangabok Higher Secondary School on NH-102. He confessed that he went to Moreh along with Aribam Md. lliyaa Khan (22 yrs) S/o Md. Heshamuddin of Sangaiyumpham Pt-I Puleipokpi in January 2020 and met the commander of the banned UG group PREPAK namely S/s Comdr. Tamocha and one of his cadre at Myanmar. They taught about the assembly of IED and planned about the IED attacks on Security Forces.
SP Ibomcha informed the media persons that Tamocha delivered the materials necessary for IED. Khumukcham Pradeep Luwang and Md. Iliyas Khan assembled one IED which was planted and blasted on 22/03/2020 near E-Coy 113 Bn. BSF Wangjing Tekcham Leikai by Md. lliyas Khan and Md. Akram Hussain under the instruction of Khumukcham Pradeep Luwang who was instructed by s/s Comdr. Tamocha of PREPAK.
On the disclosure of Khumukcham Pradeep Luwang, 7 (Seven) detonators, Explosive chemicals weighing 2.530kg. 1 (One) Electronic Circuit, One Multimeter with wires, One Remote Control Device, One Dry Battery (9 Volt). 3 (Three) Mobile Handsets were recovered from the house of Aribam Md. iliyas Khan (22 yrs) Slo Md. Heshamuddin of Sangaiyumpham Pt-I Puleipokpi.
It may be mentioned that Aribam Md. lliyas Khan (22 yrs) s/o Md. Heshamuddin Khan @ Tomba of Sangaiyumpham Pt-l. Puleipokpi is the Organization Secretary of RSF (Reformist Students Front), Thoubal Branch.
Rabi Takhellambam, a resident of Kairembikhok Mayai Leikai, ThoubaI District has been in the field of Journalism for more than 10 years. Rabi, is well known for his reporting from Thoubal side and Indo-Myanmar border. Rabi is also a member of All Manipur Working Journalist Union, the parent body of Journalist Union in Manipur. He can be contacted by email at [email protected]