Tripura families found settling in IE village, police detain 21

Imphal East district police found three families, who shifted from Tripura, settling at Awaching village also known as Kshetri Bengoon Mamang Ching Khunnou and detained 21 persons including 11 women, who could not furnish identification documents, during a search operation on Tuesday. Nine vehicles and three guns were also seized by police for further verification during the operation.

The operation, which was conducted from 3.30 am till 6.30 am along with women police, was led by DSP (CDO) Robinson Khamnam and CDO OC inspector B Lunthang Vaiphei under the supervision of additional SP (ops) Kumarjit.

SP Imphal East K Meghachandra told media persons that the search operation was carried out in the outskirt of Imphal city as a measure to control unlawful activities in the state and especially in the city area.

He said that the village has a population of around 203 people and all of them shifted from eight different villages of the state including Kwakta, Hatta, Sekmaijin, Keirao and Kshetri Bengoon. Interestingly, three families were found to be shifted from Tripura. None of the families in the village possess any land documents and as such, further verification of their settlement rights would be reviewed with department concerned, he added.

For further verification of their identity, 10 men and 11 women were also picked up and handed over to Porompat police station. Around 100 residents of the village could not be verified since they were away from home for work and further verification of those residents would be taken up shortly, he added.

The police team also seized one Alto Car, six motorbikes, one Honda Activa and one Honda Dio over lack of proper documentations and three single barrel rifles, whose licenses had expired and handed them over the same to Porompat PS, he informed.

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