A top militant leader has escaped from a police station in Imphal East district of Manipur by allegedly digging a tunnel under the floor which was not in a good condition, official sources said on Wednesday.
The leader who escaped from Porompat police station on Tuesday was identified as the self-styled 'commander-in-chief' of banned Kangleipak Communist Party-Mobile Task Force (KCP-MTF) Sunil Meitei, the sources said.
Seven police personnel, including officer in charge of the police station Gitchandra Singh have been suspended for negligence of duty, the sources said.
Director General of Police (DGP) Manipur Y Joykumar announced a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh for anyone who could give information that would lead to the re-arrest of the militant leader.
Meitei who was involved in several cases of extortion, killings and attacks on security personnel was arrested from Bangalore by Delhi police personnel on June 29 last year and brought to Imphal with security escort.
The sources said all police stations particularly in four valley districts of Imphal East, Imphal West, Bishenpur and Thoubal have been alerted to step up patrolling.