IMPHAL- In a fresh case of loot of weapons in Manipur on August3, A Mob took away guns and ammunition from second Indian Reserve Battalion at Narasena, Keirenphabi police outpost and Thangalawai outpost today.
According to the FIR lodged at Moirang police station of the Bishnupur district, the attack took place in the morning. “At about 09.45 hrs. A large number armed miscreants individuals who came by some 40/45 light vehicles and on foot numbering around 500 overpowered the sentry of main gate & Quarter Guard,” the FIR registered on August 3 stated.
The cache of arms looted includes modern weaponry like AF rifle, INSAS rifles, LMGs, pistols, carbines, detonators, spare barrels, pistols, GF rifles, mortars, tear gas guns, AMOGH carbines, SLR guns, magazines of various guns and rifles, and several other arms and ammunition.
The FIR states that the mob broke open the doors. Though the police tried to avert the loot by firing 327 rounds of ammunition and 20 tear smoke shells, all of it was in vain, the FIR revealed.
One security personnel was also killed at Koutruk in Bishnupur district when the armed attackers engaged in an encounter with the security forces, reported Indo-Asian News Service.
The mass burial programme by the Kuki-Zo community had sparked fresh tension in the strife-torn state with the majority community opposing the move.
On Thursday, the Army and RAF personnel fired tear gas shells in Kangvai and Phougakchao areas in Bishnupur district to stop processions on their way to the proposed burial site in violation of restrictions on gatherings leading more than 25 people injured, officials said.
The Manipur High Court on Thursday morning, had stayed the proposed mass burial even though the Kuki community claimed that they had postponed the programme after discussions with the Union Home ministry.