Imphal: In a breakthrough development, Manipur police recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition which were hidden under the ground in a cowshed from Huikap Awang Leikai in Thoubal district on Sunday.

The police have also arrested three persons in the case.

According to a police report, a joint team of Thoubal police carried out the operation following a disclosure from one arrested insurgent during a house-to-house search operation in Huikap area.

Congratulating the police, Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Monday tweeted, “I congratulate the Thoubal police team led by SP Jogeschandra Haobijam on recovering huge cache of arms and arresting 3 individuals from Huikap Awang Leikai during an operation.”

Singh also announced a cash award of Rs 10 lakh to the team of Thoubal police along with commendation.\

According to police report, the recovered weapons include one AK-81 Rifle with three magazine, one AK-86 with three magazine, one M-16 A4-UBGL (40 mm grenade launcher) magazine, one RPG launcher, one RPG shell, 13 AK-56 with 13 magazine, 200 numbers of 7.62 x 39mm live rounds and 10 numbers of 5.56 mm live rounds.

The police added that during the operation, the detained insurgent tried to flee on seeing the police. However, he was chased and arrested from Huikap Awang Leikai. The arrested insurgent has been identified as Laithangbam Praffullo Singh, 43, of Huikap Awang Leikai.

During his interrogation, two more persons were identified as Laitonjam Kumar Singh, 47, and Wahengbam Tompok Singh, 49, who allegedly helped him in hiding the arms. They were also arrested. 

The three arrested persons have been handed over to Andro police station for further investigation, the police said.

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