Manipur: Arms Seized After Arrest Of Two Militant Cadres From Myanmar

Following the seizure of weapons and ammunition from their hands, two members of a terrorist organization with a base in Myanmar were apprehended in the Churachandpur district of Manipur, police said on Tuesday.

The Chin Kuki Liberation Army (CKLA) militants’ arrest and the discovery of weaponry, according to Chief Minister N Biren Singh, “yet again underscores a transnational plot aimed at destabilizing both Manipur and our nation.”

The two CKLA cadres were captured on Monday from the Chaijang region near the border with Myanmar, according to a statement from the police.

The chief minister announced the arrests on X, previously Twitter. “In a major breakthrough by Manipur Police and Central armed forces, multiple weapons, ammunition, drugs, and cash have been apprehended from Myanmar-based militant group CKLA,” he said.

He said that a large quantity of ammunition as well as AK47, Insas, Sniper, and M16 rifles as well as roughly 2.5 kg of opium as well as other goods were also found among the confiscated materials.

“In the past, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has pursued cases in which it was specifically asserted that there is a transnational plot by terror organization leaders located in Myanmar and Bangladesh to wage war against the Government of India by taking advantage of the recent instability in Manipur.

The chief minister said on the microblogging site, “Today’s apprehension of CKLA cadres and the recovery of weapons have yet again underscored a transnational plot aimed at destabilizing both Manipur and our nation.”

The Suspension of Operations (SoO) is not ratified by CKLA.

The Centre, the Manipuri administration, and two coalitions of militant organizations all signed the SoO. The agreement was first signed in 2008 and has since been repeated.

Since May 3, when a “Tribal Solidarity March” was planned in the hill districts to protest against the dominant Meitei community’s desire for Scheduled Tribe status, more than 180 people have been murdered and hundreds wounded in ethnic violence in Manipur.

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