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Serial Bomb Blasts in Imphal: One arrested, explosive devices seized

The accused disclosed that he was the person behind the recent serial bomb blast incidents, including the bomb blasts at a shop in Nagamapal on May 5, at one house located at Khurai Thoudingjam Leikai on May 6, and at Little Flower School on June 5, the police said.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 7 Jun 2022, 7:18 am

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Imphal West district police on Monday arrested a person who was involved in various bomb blasts in Imphal area, including the IED explosion at Little Flower School Monday late, along with explosive devices, according to the police.

As per the police, the accused, identified as one Thounaojam Rishi Luwangcha, was arrested from Kangla Sangomshang area, Imphal East at 10 pm Monday.

A team of CDO Imphal West led by additional SP (Ops) M Amit Singh, assisted by inspector P Achouba Meetei under the command and supervision of SP Ksh Shivakanta Singh rushed to Kangla Sangomshang area  and cordoned off some houses, after a specific information was received about the presence of some persons in and around the said area who were involved in the recent serial bomb blasts in Imphal areas, the police said in a statement.

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During the operation, one person was seen running on the backside of a house but was overpowered by the police team, police said. A jar containing a detonator fitted on a cordtex wire of 1 feet approximately, 58 PEK sticks weighing around 7.358 kg approximately, three coils of cordtex wire, 397 detonators and two batteries, were found from his position, according to the police.

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On verification, he disclosed that he was the person behind the recent serial bomb blast incidents, including the bomb blasts at a shop in Nagamapal on May 5, at one house located at Khurai Thoudingjam Leikai on May 6, and at Little Flower School on June 5, the police said.

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According to the police, he identified himself as an active member of National Revolutionary Front of Manipur (NRFM), a terrorist organisation. He also disclosed that he started working for the said organisation in September, 2021 under the command of one self-styled chairman Dhaballo, who is presently staying in Bangladesh. The explosive substances were handed over to him by his commander throgh an unknown person in January, 2022, He also stated that he used to receive Rs 30,000 for each bomb blast, the police said in its statement.

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The police informed that the accused identified himself as one Thounaojam Rishi Luwangcha, 46, of Kangla Sangomshang Makha leikai, Imphal East. A mobile phone, Rs 9,000 and his Aadhaar card were recovered from him.

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On thorough search of his house, some mechanical tools used in assembling the explosive substances were also found. The mechanical tools included one soldering iron rod, a bolt cutter, ratchet wire stripper, a cutter blade, 18 small iron rods and one insulating tape. Vehicles and some other particular clothes used in the commission of the recent bomb blasts were also recovered, the police added. 

The arrested person and the seized items will be handed over to Lamlai PS for further necessary actions. 

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First published:7 Jun 2022, 6:31 am

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