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PLA fire at security post

Imphal, Feb. 22: Suspected cadres of Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) had a fierce gunfight with Assam Rifles at Soibon village along the Indo-Myanmar border in Chandel district around midnight.

Police sources said there was a report of exchange of fire, which lasted for about 20 minutes, at Soibon. However, casualties on either side could not be immediately confirmed.

Sources said Soibon and its surrounding areas is a PLA stronghold, one of the major militant groups fighting for Manipur’s sovereignty.

Unconfirmed sources said the militants fired at a post of 24th Assam Rifles located at Soibon under Tengnoupal police station, which led to retaliatory fire.

Assam Rifles authorities here, however, said there was some firing by suspected militants. “There is report of some firing. However, there was no ambush or attack on any Assam Rifles patrol party or on any post by any militant group,” an official said.

After the early morning firing, Assam Rifles personnel have stepped up vigil along the international boundary.

House robbery: In another incident, three masked men broke into a house here and looted gold ornaments and cash.

Police said three masked men armed with small guns forcibly entered the house located at Chingmeirong Mamang Leikai on the outskirts of Imphal city around 10 last night.

The house belongs to Th. Arun, owner of an event management company Arun Enterprises. Arun was out but his wife Purnimashi Devi was at home, when the gunmen barged in.

“I was in my room after dinner when suddenly three masked men entered and forced me to open our almirah at gun point. They forced me to sit in another room while they looted gold ornaments and cash,” Devi told the police.

According to Devi, the robbers reportedly took away gold ornaments worth Rs 27 lakh and Rs 45,000 in cash.