Imphal: Three Kuki National Front (Nehlun) cadres involved in the alleged murder of four civilians at B Gamnom village in Kangpokpi district, were arrested with two small arms & ammunition in a joint operation carried out by Imphal West Police Commando & a column of 15 Assam Riffle.
According to SP Imphal West Dr S Ibomcha, the joint operation started last night and continued till today morning.
The arrested cadres also disclosed their involvement under the command of self-styled Chairman of the KNF, James Kipgen and Vice-Chairman Mangsat Haokip.
They are involved in extortion, kidnapping and other crimes, said SP Dr S Ibomcha Singh. The SP also informed that police are also trying to nab other cadres of KNF (N), including its chairman & vice-chairman, the alleged mastermind of the firing.
The arrested cadre were identified as Seigoulun Singsit (20), Henminlun Misao alias Kevin (29) and Hentinseh Singsit (30).
The police also recovered one 9mm Pistol loaded with a magazine with 5 (9mm) ammunition and another one .32 pistol, and a loaded magazine.
On October 12, four villages, including an 8-year old, were killed and two injured, including a 2-year old, after suspected militants opened fire on a group of people attending a condolence service at the B Gamnom village in the Kangpokpi district of Manipur on Tuesday.
According to sources, the villagers gathered on Tuesday afternoon at B. Gamnom ground for the condolence meeting of four deceased cadres of Kuki National Liberation Army (KNLA), who were slain on Sunday by security forces in Hingojang, an area close to B Gamnom village. During the meeting, the suspected militants fired upon the people gathered.
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