Athuan Abonmei Murder: 14 cops including Officer Suspended, one VDF man axed

IMPHAL, Sep 23: Acting swiftly against the abduction and murder of former president of Zeliangrong Baudi, Athuan Abonmai, the State Government has placed under suspension 8 police personnel including the OC of Tamenglong police, 6 MR personnel and axed on VDF with immediate effect.

Athuan Abonmei

A departmental inquiry will also be initiated against the said personnel. During the said suspension period, none of them will be allowed to leave their respective headquarters. An order to this effect was issued late this evening.

An order issued by DGP, Manipur, LM Khaute, stated that the committee will be headed by Radhashyam Singh IG (Int) as chairman, IG (Range-II) K. Kabib and IG (Range-IV) Kamei Angam Romanus as members.

Against this backdrop, a team of combined forces comprising Manipur police, Manipur Rifles rushed to Tamenglong on Thursday.

As per sources, the security forces, including COs of five battalions of Manipur Rifles, police team led by IGP (Zone-II) K Jayanta.

The COs in the team are of 4-IRB, 5-IRB, 6-IRB and 7-IRB. A company led by three JCOs of 7th MR led by one gazetted officer was also a part of the team.

To take a key role in the operation, police commandos from four valley districts as well as from the special commando unit placed at Nungba were also taken along.

The police commandos include four teams led by one gazetted officer from Imphal East; four teams from Imphal West; four teams from Bishnupur; four teams from Thoubal and four teams lead by one gazetted officer of special commando unit from Nungba.

SP Tamenglong has been issued prior notification for making necessary arrangements of food and accommodation for the police forces that will be arriving in the district.  

Troops of Assam Rifles already deployed in the area have been also given information by DGP to keep smooth coordination during the operation to be carried out under the command of IGP K Jayanta.

Sources said that the combined team is expected to be stationed for seven days to carry out the operation. The period may be extended if deemed necessary. 

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