Imphal, July 25 2022: Two members of KNA (I) were arrested for extortion of money from non-local shops at Lailam Veng and Nute Bazar in Churachandpur town masquerading as members of NRFM on Monday.
The arrested persons have been identified as Paolalmon Singson (24) son of late Thangkhilal Singson of Tollen village, Churachandpur and Letthang Haokip (45) son of late Thangneh Haokip of Majuron Kuki village, Leimatak but presently residing at Mongjang village, Churachandpur.
While stating that KNA (I) is a defunct non-SoO armed group, a police report said they received information that some unknown persons claiming to NRFM members demanded money from about five non-Manipuri shops located in the township nearly a week after the said persons collected certain amounts from two shops.
It is also reported that they threatened claiming they were sent to collect money from the non-Manipuri shops by their NRFM leaders who killed Anand Gupta recently.
On receipt of the information a suo-moto case was registered against the unknown persons and during the course of investigation CCTV footages collected from near the targeted shops were analysed along with constant surveillance in the suspected areas.
Subsequently, two persons picked up from different places revealed during preliminary interrogation that were members of KNA (I) and not NRFM but used NRFM’s name to intimidate the non-Manipuri shopkeepers, the police added.