Prior to the claim made by Kangleipak Communist Party’s (KCP) War Group for their hand in the incident, the state DGP LM Khaute in a press conference claimed that the arrested four KRA cadres in a search operation were involved in the incident of firing of oil tankers at Kangpokpi.
Reacting to the DGP’s statement, KRA, a SoO signatory under the banner of KNO denied its involvement in the attack and stated that the allegation against the outfit is baseless.
T Simte, secretary, Information and Publicity of the outfit stated that KRA had never indulged in any anti-social activities which are against the SoO ground rules, more particularly along the National Highway-2 and will never engage in such activities in future too.
He also clarified about KRA’s non-involvement in the kidnapping case of the deputy ranger, Forest Department, government of Manipur and further stated that the outfit was never involved in any IED blast, detention of vehicles, abduction of drivers, extortion of money from transporters at Hengbung check post, firing at Satyam Industry and firing at passenger vehicles, as falsely alleged by the DGP.
The outfit demanded clarification from the state DGP so as to purge the misunderstanding and confusion at the earliest, as the KCP War Group had already made their claim for their involvement in the attack the convoy of oil tankers at S Golai in between Changoubung and Kangpokpi DHQs escorted by 109 Battalion CRPF on April 18, against the officials of the Indian Oil Corporation for practising adulteration and black marketing of fuel during and shortly after lifting the UNC’s four months economic blockade.