Manipur: 2 cadres of non-SoO group held with arms in Churachandpur

Imphal: Security forces on Monday arrested two active cadres of Chin Kuki Liberation Army (CKLA), a non-SoO group from Chaljang in Churachandpur district, Manipur. Arms and opium were recovered from their possession.

According to sources, a team of 36 Assam Rifles launched an operation at Cheljang area along the Indo-Myanmar border and arrested the cadres along with huge cache of arms, 2.5 kg of opium and Rs 4,86,500 in cash from their possession.

The arrested cadres have been identified as Ngamkhosei Baite, 32, s/o Thangkholei Baite of Khonomphai and Lunminthag Haokip, 25, s/o Jangkhongam Haokip of Telsaljang village of Churachandpur district. Both had joined CKLA in 2020, it said.

The recovered arms and ammunitions include AK47, Insas, Sniper and M16 rifles along with huge cache of ammunition.

Taking to X, chief minister N Biren Singh said “In a major breakthrough by Manipur Police and Central armed forces, multiple weapons, ammunition, drugs and cash have been apprehended from Myanmar based militant group CKLA.”

He further said that the seized weapons include AK47, Insas, Sniper and M16 rifles along with huge cache of ammunition. Further, opium weighing about 2.5 kg, Rs 4,86,500 cash and various other items were also recovered. 

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“Earlier, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) have taken up cases wherein it was particularly stated that there exist a transnational conspiracy by Myanmar and Bangladesh based leadership of terror outfits to wage war against the Government of India by exploiting the current unrest in Manipur,” said CM Biren Singh.

Today’s apprehension of CKLA cadres and the recovery of weapons has yet again underscores a transnational plot aimed at destabilizing both Manipur and our nation, he added.

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