In a massive haul, Manipur police seized a significant amount of arms and ammunitions during search operations conducted in the Wangoo Laipham area.
According to an official statement, the search operations were conducted on Tuesday between 3.30 and 7.30 in the evening hours. Several houses in Wangoo Laipham Chingya were searched during the operation, along with suspected areas of the Wangoo Laipham Manya hill range being sanitized.
The police team unearthed a sizable amount of arms and ammunition from the hill range at Wangoo Laipham Mangya near the cemetery.
The recovered items include one AK 47, five SLR, one .303 rifle(modified), one Insas rifle, three .303 rifle, two sbbl, 11 HE grenades, one Chinese hand grenade, three wp gren MK I, 15 grenade launching tube, small amount of suspected pek along with fuse, six detonators, two detonator box, six ballistic cartridges, three empty cases of 12 bore, one BP vest, two walkie talkie (baofeng), one empty AK -47 magazine, one empty Insas rifle magazine, four empty .303 rifle magazine, five empty SLR rifle magazine and one local made pipe bomb.
Officials said that it was a joint operation with a combined team of commando (CDO) unit-Kakching, Village Defence Force (VDF) personnerl of Kakching, personnel of Manipur Police Telecom Organisation (MPTO), Office-in-charge (OC)-Wangoo PS, Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) of Sugnu PS, teams of D-Coy 136 BSF and B-Coy 167 BSF led by Additional SP (ops) Kakching under the supervision of SP/KCG Th Vikramjit Singh and overall supervision of DIG/R-II H Jogeshchandra Singh.
The recovered items were anded over to OC WNG-PS for further necessary action.
Earlier this month, another such seizure was made during search operations carried out in the fringe and vulnerable areas in Manipur.
According to the information received, the search operations were carried out jointly by state and central security forces across Imphal East, Kakching, Bishnupur, Churachandpur, Thoubal and Imphal West districts.
During the operations in the Imphal East district, officials came across eight firearms including one assault rifle, one 0.303 rifle, three SMG carbines, one sten gun, two 9mm pistols, and 62 live rounds of ammunition, 18 explosives, a country made local bomb launcher, two wireless sets (Kenwood), two tube launching, one smoke grenade and five bullet-proof jackets.
While in the Churachandpur district, officials recovered two arms - a 9 mm pistol with magazine, a local made single barrel, along with a 12 mm bore live round, 21 heavy caliber machine gun rounds, a heavy mortar (10ft), one country made improvised explosive, and one rocket propelled grenade in the Old Dampi village.