An active cadre of the Manipur Naga Peoples’ Front (MNPF) allegedly involved in ambushes at Khongtal in Chandel district and at Behiang in Churachandpur district that killed the Commandant of 46 Assam Rifles, family and four jawans was arrested by a combined tean of security forces in Imphal East Saturday.
Police said a combined team of district commando, Imphal East, NIA team and 4 Assam Rifles (AR) arrested the MNFP cadre from Yaingangpokpi junction, Imphal East near an oil pump at around 10.30 am Saturday.
The arrested person has been identified as one Machukring Zamshim Shimray alias Ningkhan, 20, son of late Yangmi Zamshim Shimray of New-Cannan Village, Ukhrul district, the police said.
The police said acting on an information and the requisition of NIA, Imphal team, the combined security forces team led by officer-in-charge, commando unit, Imphal East Kh Henery conducted a counter-insurgency operation at Yaingangpokpi bazaar, Imphal East.
During the activity, Machukring was arrested, the police said, adding that he revealed that he joined the outfit in 2016 through one Robert of MNPF and got basic military training for three months under army number 159 at Thumol, Myanmar.
Machukring is presently holding the rank of self-style Corporal and working under the command of one self-style chairman, Francis of the same outfit, police reported.
He further disclosed that he was involved in several ambushes on the central security forces, mainly on the Assam Rifles.
Police said the arrested person was also involved in Khongtal, Chandel ambush that took place on July 29, 2020 wherein three were killed and and six others were injured.
The arrested was also involved in the ambush on a convoy of 46 Assam Rifles conducted on November 13, 2021 at S Sehken village, Singhat sub-division, Churachandpur district resulting in the killing of five Assam Rifles personnel, including one commanding officer and his family members.
The arrested person has been handed over to NIA, Imphal team for further necessary legal action, police said.