Manipur police arrested militant for 3 bomb blasts, explosives seized

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The accused, identified as Thounaojam Rishi Luwangcha, was arrested during a search operation conducted in Imphal East.
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Guwahati: A member of the National Revolutionary Front of Manipur (NRFM) was arrested by Manipur police for his alleged involvement in a series of bomb blasts in the Imphal area, including an IED explosion at a Catholic mission school, official said on Tuesday.

According to sources, the police also seized a large number of explosive materials from the militant.

The accused, identified as Thounaojam Rishi Luwangcha, was arrested during a search operation conducted in Imphal East.

The explosives, detonators and cordtex wires used in the blasts have been seized at the case of the suspect Luwangcha of Imphal East district’s Kangla Sangomsang Makha Leikai area.

The suspect allegedly informed police that he was recruited by the National Revolutionary Front of Manipur, an armed group, in September of last year and that the explosives were supplied to him by the outfit’s self-styled commander through an unidentified person, sources stated.

For each blast, Thounaojam Rishi Luwangcha claimed he was paid Rs.30,000, sources added.

Luwangcha admitted to being involved in the May 5 blast outside a shop in Nagamapal, the May 6 blast near a house in Khurai Thoidingjam Leikai and the June 5 blast near Imphal’s Little Flower School, official said.

Following the case, police seized three bundles of cordtex wires which are usually used in mining, a jar containing 58 explosive sticks weighing around 7.3kg and 397 detonators in the militant’s possession.

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