Security force in Manipur on Wednesday arrested one UNLF cadre with arms, ammunition and explosives, who was allegedly planning to target security forces on the eve of the upcoming Republic Day, police said. The arrested person was identified as Khundongbam Lanjingba Singh (40) son of Kh Brojendro Singh of Wangkhei Ningthem Pukhri Mapal, Imphal East district, the police added.
The recovered items were one each of 0.32 mm pistol, 0.32 mm pistol magazine, M20 pistol magazine, eight live rounds of 0.32 mm, one IED gelatin pack weighing 415 gm, two detonators, one each of exide battery (12V) power source, electronic safety fuse, cordless remote control initiator and Duracell (9V) batteries along with one black colour Hyundai Tucson vehicle without registration plate.
The arrest of the person and recovery were made during an operation launched by a combined team of state police commandos and troops of 29 Assam Rifles today, around 4.30 pm at Ngakchoupokpi area in Bishnupur district.
The operation was launched acting on a reliable input that some cadres of the banned UNLF organization were planning to plant explosive devices and target security forces in Bishnupur district on the eve of the upcoming Republic Day, Manipur police PRO said, in a press release.
The combined team conducted a cordon and search operation at Ngakchoupokpi area and during operation, one of the teams came across two persons at inter-village road near Khwairakpan Yangoi Ningthou temple in a suspected manner.
As the team approached them, both of them tried to run away. During the chase, the team caught hold of one person along with a polythene bag while the other person escaped from the place.
Immediately all teams were called in and a massive manhunt was launched in the lake area of Ngakchoupokpi area.
Later, the arrested person identified himself as Khundongbam Lanjingba Singh. He further revealed that his paternal uncle Pambei Khudongbam is the chairman of the UNLF.
The arms, ammunition and explosives were recovered from a bag found inside the vehicle he was driving.
On questioning, the person revealed that he is working for the UNLF and on the instructions of one self-style major Nongdon of the outfit; he collected the above mentioned items from one Bobo from Wangkhei Keithel Ashangbi to deliver it to an unknown person at Khwairakpam and was arrested during the meeting, police said.
He also revealed that they were planning to plant the device in Tiddim road before the Republic Day.
The arrested person along with the above seized items was handed over to Bishnupur police station where a case was registered.
Massive search is being carried out to arrest another escaped person, the police PRO added.