Four unidentified persons who came in a red car, along with other three cars, snatched guns from police and VDF personnel posted at Lilong Police outpost, which is under the jurisdiction of Singjamei police station in Imphal West district of Manipur on Saturday. The incident took place at around 2 pm.
The four persons, taking advantage of the cops taking lunch, overpowered the outpost and took four guns, including three AK Rifles and one Insas Rifle.
A group of police commandos chased the red car which was speeding towards Imphal. Those inside the red car were heard shouting, calling for help to save them when they were crossing Chingamathak Ngakaraba junction at Singjamei.
Hearing the call to save them, the womenfolk, who were blocking the road following a public curfew, rushed towards them. However, the car sped off and while trying to cross the Nambul River, the police fired towards them.
A woman, identified as Rani, was hit by a bullet in the firing.
With a bullet hitting the tyre of their car, the individuals abandoned their car and ran. However, one of them was arrested with a gun while the other three fled with three guns.
The area was cordoned by the state police and Rapid Action Force personnel, and a search operation was conducted.
Meira Paibis, coming from different places, rushed to Singjamei to stop the security operations but a confrontation led between the two. No further arrests have been reported so far till the filing of this report.