Friday, January 27, 2023

Top militant held ahead of Shah’s visit to Mnp

Correspondent

Amid enhanced security measures taken in view of the scheduled visit of Union home minister Amit Shah in Manipur, a top militant and his aide were arrested in Imphal on Tuesday.
A team of police commandos attached with Imphal East district police arrested self-styled chairman of Manipur Tribal Revolutionary Army (MTRA) and his aide during random frisking and checking of passers-by at Mantripukhri area along NH-2 under Heingang police station of Imphal East district around 4.45pm, police said.
The self-styled chairman was identified as Chuirei Makung alias Ati Making aka Teiba (42) of Manthuram village under Kasom police station of Kamjong district while his aide as Asonam Shinglai Tangkhul (40) of Lungtin village of Chandel district.
Asonam Shinglai is presently working under the command of the self-styled chairman Chuirei Makhung of MTRA, the police claimed.
Two mobile phones were confiscated from their possessions, the police said.
The police alleged that the chairman along with his aide came to Mantripukhri Bazar to collect money which the outfit had demanded from the businessmen and government officials residing in the area.
The arrested persons along with the seized items were handed over to Heingang police station for taking up further necessary legal procedures against them, the police added.
The arrest of the top militant along with his aide is amid beefing up of security measures in the capital city and other places Union home minister Amit Shah will tour during his one-day visit in the state.
Shah will be in Imphal on January 6 on 1- day visit in the state. During his brief visit, Shah will inaugurate projects worth Rs 300 crore besides laying foundation stones for over Rs 1,000 crore worth projects, as per a government source.
Among others, the Union home minister will inaugurate the Olympian Park at Sangaithel in Imphal West where statues of 19 Olympians of Manipur are installed in honour of their contribution to sports and a 122-feet high polo statue at the Ibudhou Marjing complex in Imphal East district.
Shah will also hoist the INA flag at the then INA headquarters at Moirang in Bishnupur district which is being developed as a heritage site among others.
Ahead of the scheduled visits of the Union home minister, Manipur police have been taking up security measures across Imphal and its outskirts.
Besides intensified random frisking and checking almost all roads leading to the city, the state police commandos are conducting mopping operations at various sensitive areas in the last few days.
A team of police commandos on Tuesday conducted a cordon and search operation in residential areas in the periphery of the Imphal International Airport where the Union home minister is scheduled to land by a special flight.
Police commandos conducted house-to-house searches of around 35 houses, workshops, schools, brick fields and poultry farms and verified around 100 people, a police source said.
No arrest was made during the operation, the source said.
On the other hand, chief minister N Biren Singh today inspected some of the projects which the Union home minister will inaugurate on January 6.
He inspected the development of the heritage site for INA headquarters at Moirang where the INA flag will be hoisted by the Union home minister.
Singh also took stock of the preparation for the inauguration of Churachandpur Medical College at Churachandpur district headquarters and later inaugurated an open gym at Peace Ground, Tuibong of the district.

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