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Banned Manipur outfit Kangleipak Communist Party’s (Military Council Progressive) chairman Amon Nelson Singh was arrested in Kolkata by the city police’s Special Task Force (STF).
Singh, alias Chingkhei Khuman alias Mahekhomba Metel, was arrested in a case filed by the STF and booked for criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code and for acquiring, possessing and carrying illegal firearms under the Arms Act, according to a statement issued by deputy commissioner (STF), Murlidhar Sharma. A 9MM pistol, two 7MM pistol and some ammunition was recovered from his possession, Sharma said.
The arrest comes four days after the outfit’s general secretary Moirangthem Rana Pratap alias Paikhomba, was apprehended by the special cell of Delhi Police in the national capital’s Bishnupur area for allegedly threatening businessmen and influential people. Although the arrest took place on September 4, but Delhi police only announced it after three days.
“A special team led by ACP Sanjay Dutt began tracking him, and we also found that he had last set up a base in Sanauli area on the Indo–Nepal border” Yadav revealed
On August 28, the Special Cell of Delhi Police foiled an assassination bid on the chief minister of Manipur and arrested the alleged terrorist from south Delhi. One of the top commander and chairman of banned terrorist organisation of Manipur Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP–PWG), Oinam Ibochouba Singh alias Khoirangba Khuman was arrested from south Delhi’s Kotla Mubarakpur area. The operation was conducted by DCP (special cell) Sanjeev Kumar Yadav’s team with extreme precision as Manipur CM N Biren Singh was present in Delhi that time.
DCP (special cell) Yadav said that it was Moirangthem who directed Khoirangba to go to Delhi and set up a base there to conduct their activities.
Yadav disclosed to media that the suspect was in the process of setting up base in Delhi for his mission. Early in August, Khoirangba, had released an audio clip announcing his plans to assassinate the CM and three of his ministers within a month. Delhi Police had launched a manhunt for him after audio clip began circulating in social media. “A special team led by ACP Sanjay Dutt began tracking him, and we also found that he had last set up a base in Sanauli area on the Indo–Nepal border” Yadav revealed.
Self styled Chairman of Kangleipak Communist Party ( Military Council Progressive) arrested by Kolkata STF. pic.twitter.com/xLP0tapAmt
— Murlidhar IPS (@murlidhar_ips) September 9, 2018
In Kolkata Amon was produced at a city court and remanded to police custody. A STF official, who did not wish to be named, said that they were investigating why he had come to Kolkata.
Another commander of the same banned outfit, Oinam Ibochouba Singh alias Khoirangba was arrested from south Delhi’s Kotla Mubarakpur area. Deputy Commissioner (special cell) of Delhi police, Sanjeev Kumar Yadav said that it was Moirangthem who directed Oinam to go to Delhi and set up a base there to conduct their activities
“Last year, some members of Kangleipak Communist Party (Military Council Progressive) were arrested in connection with a robbery at a jewellery shop in Kolkata. We are also trying to probe whether Amon was involved with that robbery or not. He was so far confessed that he was responsible for extortion from a number of people in Manipur,” the STF official added.
Kangleipak Communist Party (Military Council Progressive) came into existence in the late 2000s and was banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 by the Centre for ‘waging war’ against the Indian state.
The Maoists have a strong association with the KCP (Military Council Progressive–PWG) terror outfit. Like CPI–Maoist, Kangleipak Communist Party dreamed of taking power through armed revolution. However, the Maoist organisation is not strong enough in North East India. ■