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PLA made attempts to carry out serial blasts in Dimapur: Police
Source: Hueiyen News Service / NNN

Dimapur, January 30 2015 : The arrest of two PLA cadres has revealed that the armed wing of the proscribed outfit, Revolutionary People's Front (RPF), had attempted to carry out serial blasts in Dimapur.

Dimapur police on Friday said that the bomb blast of January 5 in Dimapur was committed by Manipur based Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) and the culprits are now in the custody of Dimapur police.

The police said the two co-accused involved in the incident are active members of PLA.

With the assistance of Manipur police, the two accused identified as Maibam Biren Singh, s/o M.Tomba from Sabungkhkok Makha Leikai, PO/PS- Lamlai, Imphal East (Manipur) and Katuncha alias M.Jiban Singh, s/o Priyo Kumar from Sabungkhkok Makha Leikai, PO/PS- Lamlai, Imphal East (Manipur) were arrested from Manipur and brought to Dimapur.

According to the police, the arrested persons revealed that the IEDs were meant for three locations in Dimapur the garbage collection area at Burma camp below fly-over, the garbage collection area opposite Hotel Senti and the DMC dustbin at Eros Lane junction (the P.O).Different dates were marked in the three IEDs, viz 26/01/2015, 25/01/2015 and 06/01/2015 .

In that bomb explosion at Eros Lane junction near Wotsami Complex Dimapur, one person was found lying injured.

On conducting thorough examination of the place, about 14 splinters were seized and one suspicious vehicle, Maruti 800 bearing registration number MN1A-4462 was found abandoned near the crime scene.

During safety drill by BDDS Special Branch and Bomb Disposal Squad of the Indian Army, two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) weighing approximately 3 Kg each were found concealed in a plastic container with rice in the abandoned car.

On the direction of superior officers and order of destruction from the District Magistrate, the seized IEDs were neutralized by the army and Dimapur police.

The injured accused person was identified as one Longjam Ojit Meitei (30 yrs) S/o L.Joykumar Meitei, P/A.Sabungkhok Makha Laikai, P/O.Lamlong, P/S.Lamlai (Manipur).

On questioning, the accused revealed that he is an active member of PLA and working under the command of one Nongthomba Ingo alias Krishna, "Captain" of PLA.

He confirmed that he along with co-accused, Maiban Biren Singh had come to Dimapur under the direction of "Captain" Krishna of PLA with 3 IEDs to be planted at Diampur with the objective to disrupt the Republic day celebration but before the IEDs could be planted properly one of the IEDs exploited accidently injuring him seriously.

He stated that after the blast his partner disappeared from the crime scene.

The police release said that thorough interrogation was conducted and during which it was learnt that the three IEDs were received by Maibam Biren Singh from one unidentified lady of around 25 years of age and a man of around 45 years of age in an open ground near Saijang village, Manipur.

The three IEDs were concealed in a black bag covered with cauliflower and mustard leaf vegetables.

On January 5, around 5 am, accused persons Longjam Ojit Meitei and Maibam Biren Singh hid the IEDs in the tool box of one Tata truck and proceeded for Dimapur.

However, the truck broke down near Lairouching under Senapati district and so they called up Katuncha alias M.Jiban Singh, who was also an active member in the civil set up of the PLA to arrange for another vehicle, the police added.

Accordingly, Katuncha alias M.Jiban Singh accompanied by one Elangbam Basanta brought the Maruti car bearing registration number MN1A-4462.The IEDs were loaded in the Maruti car concealed in a plastic container covered with some rice and Longjam Ojit Meitei and Maibam Biren Singh proceeded to Dimapur.

At around 8.30 pm, they reached Eros Line junction and Longjam Ojit Meitei took out one IED.

When he was planting the IED inside the dustbin, he slipped and fell down and the IED exploded inflicting serious injury to Longjam Ojit Meitei in the explosion.

Maibam Biren Singh tried to start the car, but not knowing how to drive, he could not start it.

So, he came out of the car and checked his friend lying on the ground in the pool of blood and seeing people starting to gather he ran away.

The same night, he caught a night bus and returned to Manipur, the police added.

Meanwhile, regular case has been registered vide Dimapur East PS C/No.04/2015 U/S 121/120 B IPC R/W 3/4/5 Explosive Substance Act and further investigation is on.


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