Imphal, June 13, 2019:

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) officers along with Assam Rifles personnel conducted search operation at Lamlai area of Imphal East in Manipur today and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition from the search site.

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The search was conducted in connection with Kangleipak Communist Party (PWG) case (No. RC-15/2017/NIA/DLI).

During the search, one AK-56 along with 3 Magazines and 180 live rounds, one 0.38 Russian made Makarov Pistol along with 4 live rounds, one foreign made 0.32 Pistol, two live hand grenades, ten rounds of 9 mm Pistol and five pairs of camouflage uniforms were recovered. The arms and ammunition were found buried under the ground.

It is suspected that the recovered arms and ammunition belong to associates of self-styled Chairman of KCP (PWG) Moirangthem Rana Meitei alias Paikhomba alias Suchikar.

The case was re-registered under section 17, 18, 20 & 21 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. The case relates to the criminal conspiracy hatched by cadres of proscribed organisation Kangleipak Communist party (PWG) Manipur to extort money from local people, government departments, schools, institutions for KCP (PWG) and for further their terror activities in the state.

NIA has already arrested and charge-sheeted four accused persons namely Laishram Ranjit Meitei alias Tamnganba, Khumanthem Naobicha Singh alias Jack, Thoudam Chaothoi Singh and Moirangthem Rana Meitei alias Paikhomba alias Suchikar.

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