A combined team of district commando Imphal East, Sagolmang police station and columns of 2/8 Gurkha Regiment on Thursday recovered a cache of huge arms, ammunitions and other equipment from Wakan, Shantipur and Khamenlok ridges in Imphal East as mass search operations continue in the fringe areas.
The combined team led by additional superintendent of police (Ops), Imphal East under the supervision of SP, Imphal East, S Ibomcha conducted the search operation from 12 pm till 3 pm at the said three locations under Sagolmang police station.
Three AK 47/57 rifles; one 51mm mortar; three .303 rifles; three carbine machine guns; three 9mm pistols; one revolver (local made); one MP5 gun; seven 7.62mm SLR; one lathode launcher; one modified UBGL; two improvised RL; one improvised rifle and eight improvised gun (PUMPI) were seized during the search operations.
The combined team also recovered 920 live rounds of Insas Rifle; 38 Insas rifle fired case; 28 live rounds of CMG; 44 empty cases of 7.62mm; seventy eight 36-hand grenade; seventy two 12-bore kartoos; 50 HD cart; 40 aiming rings; three 2 inch mortar cap; two 3 inch mortar HE; six 2 inch mortar ILL; one 2 inch mortar smoke; twenty four hand grenade (W/P); 28 detonators 7 second; 2 detonators 4 second; three 2 inch mortar bomb; three tube launching Rif grenade; three detonator number 76 MK-II; one hundred twenty six 7.62mm BDR; two 7.62mm tracer; thirty five .303 rifle ammo; twenty local made pistol ammo; thirty eight 9mm live rounds; one 7.62mm SLR live round and forty four 2 inch mortar bomb HE.
Various equipment including 77 tube launching; three AK-47 magazines; one container for RL; four magazine 9mm CMG; one sight mounting bracket; six Insas rifle magazine; two .303 rifle magazine; three helmets; twelve BPJ plates; six BPJ vest; two walkie talkie sets; two black belts; two khaki shirts and five firecrackers were also recovered and seized.
The recovered items have been handed over to Sagolmang police station for further legal formalities.
It is reported that in some fringe areas sporadic firings took place but intense gunfight has been reportedly reduced in the state.