ZUF activist held with huge cache of ammos

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 14th Dec: A combined team of Imphal West district police commandos and Assam Rifles apprehended a woman sympathiser of the banned Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) and recovered huge quantities of explosives and live ammunition on Friday.
The arrested woman has been identified as Morangthem ongbi Rebika (45), wife of Samungou of Naoremthong Ng College Leirak. The security forces recovered 20 Chinese hand grenades, 20 detonators and 1120 live rounds of AK-47 rifle from her possession.
According to police reports, acting on reliable information that some insurgents were present in Imphal area; a combined team of police commandos, 6 AR and 26 AR led by DSP (Ops) Amarjit, DSP (CDO) Amit and Commando OC Inspector P Achouba under the supervision of Imphal West District Police Additional SP (Ops) Th Krishnatombi conducted a search operation at Naoremthong area.
During the search operation, the team recovered the explosive items and live rounds from the workshop run by Samungou at Naoremthong Ng College Leirak.
On questioning, Rebika revealed that she is the elder sister of self-styled publicity secretary of ZUF Ajona Kamei and sister-in-law of the proscribed outfit’s self-styled army chief Darei Chiru of Bungte Chiru village.
She further said that Darei Chiru had contacted her on the phone 1/2 days back for transporting the weapons, which were brought from Moreh to Imphal on Friday.
Later, the team handed over Rebika and the confiscated weapons to Lamphel PS for further course of legal action.
According to a PRO IGAR (South) statement, the joint operation comprising personnel of Manipur Police and units of 9 Sector AR led to arrest of the woman and recovery of a huge consignment of ammunition.
Troops of Keithelmanbi and Thoubal battalion along with Imphal West Commandos launched an operation in Tera Bazar and apprehended the woman sympathizer of ZUF along with recovering huge consignment of explosives and ammunition. The apprehendee is the elder sister of Azona Kamei, Self Styled Joint Secretary, Publication and Information Department of ZUF as well as sister in law of Darei Chiru who is Self styled Army Chief of ZUF. She has also been previously involved in transportation of arms and ammunition on the instructions of Darei Chiru, the statement said and added that recovery of large quantity ammunition is a major success on part of the Assam Rifles & Manipur Police to thwart nefarious designs of UG groups.


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