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IMPHAL: According to defence source, it is learnt that the Army have apprehended the Commander-in-Chief of the insurgent outfit Thadaou People Liberation Army (TPLA) which is very active in the State.
The arrest of the Commander-in-Chief came about based on inputs about the presence of a senior TPLA cadre at Bethel Veng village in Senapati district. So with this information, an operation was launched by the troops of Army's Jwalamukhi Battalion, and the outfit leader was caught on June 3.
According to the source, it said that the insurgent identified himself as 45-year-old Nekholen Lhouvum alias Helen and said he was the Commander-in-Chief of the group.
The Commander-in-Chief confessed of being involved in kidnappings, incidents of shootings and extortion in Sadar Hill area along with his group members.
A 9mm pistol (US made), one 9mm magazine and five live rounds of 9mm were seized from him.
At present, Lhouvum is handed over to the Imphal West police station.