As part of taking up security measures in Manipur in the run up to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Battalions of 9 Sector Assam Rifles along with Manipur Police have intensified area domination operations, Assam rifles sources said.
As part of the same, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was recovered and two cadres of proscribed Underground groups were apprehended in three separate operations over a period of five days,PRO Assam Rifles(South) said in a press release.
In the first operation that took place on March 22, Thoubal Battalion based on a specific input regarding presence of a cadre of the banned People’s Liberation Army/Revolutionary People’s Front (PLA/RPF) in general area Yairipok Bazar under Thoubal district, in a joint operation with Manipur Police apprehended a Self Styled Lance Corporal of PLA/RPF.The individual has been identified as Moiranghtem Sarat Singh alias Nano alias Yuremba, the release said.
In the second operation by Thoubal Battalion on March 23, a major disaster was averted with timely detection of a powerful IED which was placed astride National Highway 102. The IED weighing approximately 9 kgs was placed inside a waiting shed in Langethel area astride NH 102 with explosive carefully concealed in a rice cooker and dug in the loose sand inside the shed. The bomb disposal teams of Assam Rifles and Manipur Police reached the site and diffused the IED,it said.
In the third operation on March 25, Tulihal Battalion in a joint operation with Manipur Police apprehended a Self Styled Lance Corporal of the banned People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (VC) from Choubung Company, Mayang Imphal.
The individual has been identified as Soibam Bijando Singh alias Nauchi, it added. Both the apprehended individuals were handed over to police for further legal action.