New militant outfit busted in Manipur

Imphal, Dec 30 (IANS) A joint team of Manipur Police and 26 Assam Rifles troopers on Saturday busted a newly formed militant outfit and arrested three of its cadres.

Imphal East district Police Superintendent Kabib K said: “The Chingtam Liberation Army had kidnapped truck driver A. Akhikho on Thursday night demanding a ransom of Rs 13 lakh.”

Akhikho was kidnapped from Motbung in Senapati district triggering a highway blockade.

Acting on a tip-off, the joint team launched a search operation during which the driver was rescued, Kabib added.

A China-made 9 mm pistol, four mobile handsets and a scooter were recovered from the arrested cadres.

The highway blockade demanding Akhikho’s release was called off on Friday afternoon.



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