Police arrest RPF/PLA cadre amidst Republic Day security check

Imphal: Amid the beefing up security measures in connection with Republic Day celebration, Manipur police have arrested an active cadre of rebel outfit RPF/PLA along with an overground worker on Monday, police said today.

A police commando team attached to Imphal West district police arrested the duo during a counter insurgency operation at Kwakeithel Laishram Leikai under Singjamei police station of Imphal West district, the police further said today.

The arrested active RPF/PLA cadre has been identified as Tourangbam Sanjit alias Nongdren (33) of Kwakeithel Laishram Leikai while the alleged overground worker as Landy (32).

The police commandos recovered two mobile phones, five ATM cards and one each of a debit card, pan card, driving license, a laptop along with a car allegedly used by them in carrying out extrajudicial activities, the police further said.

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The police alleged that the arrested RPF/PLA cadre is currently working under the outfit’s finance and goods tax commander Pudhiba who is based in Myanmar.

The duo is reportedly engaging in extortion of money from the government and private institutions and businessmen in Imphal West district.

They were handed over to the Singjamei police station along with the articles seized from them after lodging a case against them, the police added.

The arrest of the rebel and overground worker was amid the beefing up of security measures across the state, particularly in the state capital as a preventive measure to thwart any untoward incidents that are likely to be indulged by the insurgent groups calling boycotts to the celebration of India’s Republic Day in Manipur.

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Security measures in Manipur, particularly in Imphal have been enhanced to ensure smooth conduct of the upcoming Republic Day celebrations.

Besides conducting combing operations at sensitive areas of imphal including the city’s busy areas for the past few days, the police have intensified round-the-clock patrolling in and around the state capital.

Frisking and checking operations in the roads leading to the state capital are also intensified in the backdrop of boycott calls given by various rebel groups.

Among others, the Co-ordination Committee (CorCom), a conglomerate of five major rebel groups, has announced to impose an 18-hour total shutdown in the entire state on January 26 boycotting the Republic Day.

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A statement of the conglomerate, dispatched to the media houses today, said that the total shutdown to be commenced from the intervening night of January 25 and 26 will last till 6pm of January 26.

Rebel group, Socialist Revolutionary Party (SOREPA) has also announced a 17-hour total-shutdown to boycott the day.

The total shutdown will commence from 1 am of January 26 and end at 6 pm of the same day.

The total shutdown, however, will be exempted for media, medical, fire, water supply and religious ceremonies, SOREPA said in a statement.


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