IMPHAL, July 14 -- The 25 Assam Rifles and Churachandpur police apprehended a cadre of Kuki National Front (military council) and recovered assault rifles and other warlike stores while conducting a joint operation from July 5 to July 11 at Thangjing areas of Churachandpur district.

The recoveries includes one AK-56 rifle with magazine registration number 17261314, one MA3 MK-ii Rifle with magazine registration number 1234567809, one 12 mm bore double barrel gun registration number 417673006, one 12mm Single barrel gun registration number 22089, four radio sets( make Baofeng) dual FM transceiver, four battery radio set(make baofeng) 7.4v/2800 MAH, 30 rounds of 7.63mm Ak-56, 92 rounds of 5.56mm MA3 MK-ii rifles, six 12mm bore cartridges, one mobile handset(MI 6A)along with Airtel SIM, two Jio SIM cards and one military harness.

Briefing media at the premise of Imphal Airport battalion today, commander of 27 sector Assam Rifles brigadier H.R. Desai informed that after information regarding the kidnapping of chief of Dampi village, Lunkholal Lhungdim to hills of Thangjing by some unknown insurgents on July 5 was received, 25 Assam Rifles and Churachandpur police launched a well-coordinated operation immediately.

Within few hours the insurgents realising that troops were closing in, quickly abandoned their SUVs and fled into the jungles on motorbike taken from nearby houses, he added.

Desai said, on July 6 around 2.30 in the evening Lunkholal Lhungdim was released by his abductors where he quickly moved towards the soldiers deployed in the operation. In the next three days the operations continued where the insurgents were forced to abandon their weapons which were later recovered on the night of July 9 which includes a massive haul of five assault rifles and other warlike stores, he added.

He further stated that the search operation continued for another 48 hours which led to the apprehension of Neihmiya of Kuki National Front (military council) along with a recovery of arms and ammunitions which include two assault rifles, two 12 bore guns and four radio sets.

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