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Enraged public thrash Kuki militants

Imphal, February 8 (NNN): Furious villagers of Itham Moirangpurel in Imphal East district in Manipur on Tuesday caught four Kuki Liberation Army (KLA-Lulun group) militants, who were allegedly extorting money from trucks, and thrashed them before handing them over to the Border Security Force.
The incident occurred at around 12:30 pm under Lamlai police station. Four cadres of the KLA which is also a signatory to the Suspension of Operation (SoO) involving both the State and Central governments, were caught and severely assaulted by public members when the militants were extorting money which they so-call it “annual tax,” from sand-loaded trucks by issuing KLA receipts.
After severely thrashing the militants, the irate public handed the four militants to the 13th Battalion of BSF, stationed at the Dollaithabi hill range near the village. The BSF later handed the militants over to Lamlai police station.
The extortionists were identified as Hopo, 24, from Changingpokpi village, Helin, 23 from Aigyang village near Sawongbung, Sunboy L J Soupo, 35 from Bongyang village and MNG Thang, 17, also from Aigyang village.
The villagers said that the Kuki have been living together with them since many, many years in the same village, but they (Kuki militants) have indulged in extortion for the last about two years by serving demands on Moirangpural villagers.
“This is not the first time that the villagers here foiled such extortion attempt, but three to four times had already happened where the villagers caught militants who tried to extort money, particularly from trucks,” Moirangpurel Meira Paibi organization secretary, Kaboklei said.

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