Imphal, March 29: Police are monitoring the activities of surrendered militants recruited to the state’s armed forces after a rifleman of Manipur Rifles was gunned down on Thursday.
The police shot dead Maisnam Amu, a rifleman in the 2nd Battalion of Manipur Rifles, in an encounter on the campus of D.M. College on Thursday. The police alleged that he was a member of the Kangleipak Communist Party (Military Council). A Chinese hand grenade was recovered from him.
Director general of police Yumnam Joykumar Singh today said Amu was a surrendered militant recruited to the Manipur Rifles. “He (the slain rifleman) was known for his notorious activities after recruitment. He was also suspended in the past for indiscipline,” the police chief said.
Nearly 50 former militants were recruited in the state forces under a government policy.
In an unrelated incident, the police this afternoon gunned down a suspected militant at Thangal bazaar in the city. The police seized a grenade and a scooter.
The police shot dead another suspected militant at Charangpat in Thoubal district around noon and recovered a pistol with three live rounds.
In yet another incident, Longjam Uttamkumar, 34, was shot dead at his house in Keishamthong in Imphal West this evening. The police claimed that Uttamkumar was a militant and that they have found a country-made pistol and Rs 1.5 lakh on him.
Two gunmen shot dead a 27-year-old woman, Sairabanu Bibi, at Keirao Litan in Imphal East district last night. Bibi was a relative of a top PULF leader, M.I. Khan.
Heirok funeral: The last rites of the two girls and a youth who were gunned down by Prepak militants at Heirok in Thoubal district on Monday were performed today. Nearly 2,000 villagers attended the funeral.