Cache of arms, ammunition, explosives recovered in Manipur

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Imphal: In a joint search operation by the state and the central security forces in the fringe and vulnerable areas of strife-torn Manipur, a huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosives was recovered today.

Police said that a combined team of Imphal East district police, 22 Assam Rifles, and 18 Assam Rifles conducted a search operation at P Geljang and P Thenjol of Kangpokpi district and Tiger Camp of Imphal East district.

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P Geljang and P Thenjol are villages within Kangpokpi district but within the operational jurisdiction of Sagolmang police station in Imphal East district.

During the search operation, the combined team detected a cache of arms, ammunition and explosives in a gunny bag in a bush. The police suspected it was concealed by armed miscreants.

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Upon checking, the gunny bag was found containing one US Carbine with an empty magazine, a SLR with one empty magazine, two 9mm pistols with empty magazine, one .22 pistol with one empty magazine, four hand grenades along with two bottles suspected to be local made IEDs full of suspected charge with attached codex wire, one piece of detonator and 16 pieces of broken PEK.

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In another operation in the fringe areas of the Tamenglong-Jiribam inter-district border, the security forces dismantled three bunkers which were found erected in a village.

The operation was conducted by Tamenglong district police along with 5th Manipur Rifles, 39 Assam Rifles and 87th battalion CRPF, the police also said.

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The state police have been conducting joint operations with the state and the central security forces in the fringe and vulnerable areas of violently affected districts of the state to recover looted arms, ammunition and explosives in the hands of civilians.

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A total of 5,668 arms along with ammunition were also looted during the initial stage of the violence. Of this, the police and security forces have so far recovered 1,329 arms and 15,050 rounds of ammunition. They also recovered 900 bombs.

Till the last week of September, the police had recovered about a quarter of the arms and less than 5 percent of the ammunition.

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