Imphal, Aug. 23: Police commandos arrested a hardcore cadre of the Peoples Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (Progressive), who was involved in two recent bomb explosions, including the one at the gate of chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh’s office complex here.
Imphal West superintendent of police K. Jayanta Singh told reporters today that police commandos arrested the cadre, identified as Naoroibam Joyshankar, 27, who has many aliases, from Lilong Chajing in Imphal West last evening.
After interrogation, police commandos recovered explosive materials from Joyshan-kar’s house at Leirikyengbam Makha Leikai in Imphal West.
Militants had carried out an IED explosion on August 10 night at the gate of Ibobi Singh’s office complex. No one was injured. The Prepak (P) had claimed responsibility for the attack.
Joyshankar told the police that he had planted the bomb, exploded it with a remote-control device and fled from the spot in an auto-rickshaw.
He also told interrogators that he had planted and exploded another IED inside a restaurant, Route 39, on the outskirts of Imphal city on August 17 evening. No one was injured. The Prepak (P) had claimed responsibility for that attack, too.
Jayanta Singh said Joyshankar was working under the direct supervision of Prepak (P) chairman Longjam Subash alias Palliba of Thangmeiband in Imphal city. Subash had trained him to assemble bombs, plant and explode them at Tamu in Myanmar, across Manipur’s border township of Moreh.
“Subash directed Joyshankar to carry out the bomb attacks. He also instructed him to explode bombs at two more vital installations. We could arrest him with the explosives, thereby preventing two bomb attacks,” the police officer said.
Jayanta Singh said the police were trying to find clues to the murder of van driver O. Gyanendro by two unknown gunmen in Imphal West on August 18. Residents of Singjamei, the driver’s locality, had called a 24-hour bandh in Manipur from 5am today in protest against the murder.
The bandh affected life in and around Singjamei and disrupted vehicular traffic along the Imphal-Thoubal road. It, however, did not have much impact in other parts of the state. Imphal city remained open today.