Militants in Assam have for long been using illegal migrants and street urchins to outsource terror. Their counterparts in Manipur have done better — pay policemen to do the subversive job for them.
The Manipur Police on Friday arrested a man that bystanders had caught for a grenade attack near a hospital at Thangal Bazar in the state’s capital, Imphal, the same day.
To their horror, he turned out to be a constable of the 2nd Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB), Tayenjam Munal Singh, 37.
The grenade blast injured at least five persons, including 8-year-old Yashika Jain.
Singh later confessed to having been paid Rs 5,000 by the outlawed Kangleipak Commu-nist Party (Military Council) to lob the grenade. “He revealed the hand grenade was delivered by one Mrs Abe on August 18,” Senior Superintendent of Police (Imphal West district) L. Kailun said. “We are grilling him for more information.”
The police want to ensure if Singh is a member of the KCP (MC) or had carried out the outfit’s dirty job for money.
Singh revealed he was also involved in the hurling of hand grenades at two more hospitals on July 27 and 28 respectively, the officer said.
He has been remanded to police custody till August 28.
Officials are not ruling out the possibility of IRB, a state police armed constabulary, harbouring more militant moles.
There is also the apprehension that the extremists — at least 17 outfits are active in Manipur — could be taking advantage of the IRB personnel’s pay package.