In a major breakthrough, Manipur Police on Sunday recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from the Thoubal district of Manipur and arrested three individuals including a United National Liberation Front (UNLF) cadre in the connection.
The UNLF cadre has been identified as Laithangbam Praffullo Singh.
17 Assault Rifles along with other warlike stores were recovered during an operation conducted by the Thoubal Police at Huikap Awang Leikai area in Thoubal.
Speaking on the seizure, Thoubal Superintendent of police (SP), Haobijam Jogeshchandra informed that a Thoubal Police team conducted the operation based on information about UNLF members were hiding a huge quantity of arms and ammunition in Huikap Awang Leikai.
The seized arms and ammunition include one AK 81 Assault Rifle, one AK 86 Assault Rifle, one M-16 A4 –UBGL 40 mm grenade launcher, one M-16 Assault Rifle, one RPG launcher, RPG shell, 13 AK 56 Assault Rifles, and over 200 rounds of ammunition.
The arms cache was hidden beneath a cow shed belonging to Praffullo Singh.
Police later arrested two persons identified as Laitonjam Kumar Sinh (47) and Wahengbam Tompok (49) of Huikap Mayai Leikai who had allegedly helped Praffullo Singh.
All the arrested persons along with the seized items were handed over to Andro Police Station for further investigations.
The recovery of such a huge cache of arms comes at the back drop of the Churachanpur Ambush which had shaken the whole nation to it core. At the same time electioneering has gathered momentum with star campaigners like BJP national president J P Nadda reaching Manipur for the upcoming elections. Discoveries such as these are putting the focus back on the ‘Security Concerns’ with the crucial assembly polls slated to take place next year.