The ‘commander-in-chief’ of the insurgent outfit Thadaou People Liberation Army (TPLA), active in Manipur, has been caught by the Army, defence sources said on Monday.
Based on inputs abouts the presence of a senior TPLA cadre at Bethel Veng village in Senapati district, an operation was launched by the troops of Army’s Jwalamukhi Battalion, and the outfit leader was caught on June 3.
Sources said the insurgent identified himself as 45-year-old Nekholen Lhouvum alias Helen and said he was the ‘commander-in-chief’ of the group.
He also confessed to being involved in kidnappings, incidents of shootings and extortions 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.
Sources said he was later handed over to the Imphal West police station.