Prime accused linked to SDPO murder case held from Moreh town

Prime accused linked to SDPO murder case held from Moreh town

Imphal: A joint team comprising Manipur Police’s Special Commando Unit and Moreh police on Monday (January 15) recovered arms, ammunition and ammunition from two persons and arrested near Moreh College in the Indo-Myanmar border town of Moreh in Manipur’s Tengnoupal district.
Seeing the police team, the two men opened fire on the police vehicle and took shelter in the nearby houses.

Responding swiftly, the joint team cordoned off the suspect houses in retaliatory action.
The operation resulted in the pursuit, coercion and subsequent arrest of two persons identified as Philip Khaikholal Khongsai son of Marcus Khongsai from New Mora Ward No. 8 and Hemkholal Mate, son of Onkholun Mate Chief of K Moulsang village and Finance Secretary of Mate Tribe Union (MTU).

The arrests of the two individuals led to the recovery of arms, ammunition and explosives from their possession.

The recoveries include a pistol with two live rounds of ammunition, a Chinese hand grenade, 10 live rounds of AK series ammunition, and 10 detonators with fuse.

During interrogation, it was revealed that the arrested individuals held leadership positions in the Moreh Defense Force/Village Volunteers Force Moreh.

Notably, Philip is the prime suspect in the killing of Moreh Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Chingtham Anand Kumar who was killed by armed miscreants with a sniper rifle on October 31, 2023, at Moreh while clearing a school ground for the construction of a helipad.

Meanwhile, supporters of the two individuals attempted to storm the Moreh police station, to free the arrested individuals. The security forces resorted to later disperse the mob using force.

On the other hand, the news of the significant breakthrough in apprehending the prime suspect linked to the killing of the Moreh police officer led to jubilation in the valley district of the restive state of Manipur where the family of the deceased police officer resides.

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