Suspected World War-II bombs found in Imphal

The unexploded WWII aerial bombs were found from a sewage drain at Hatta near Imphal Indian Army War Cemetery, Hatta on Thursday.

Two bombs suspected to be unexploded WWII aerial bombs were found from a sewage drain at Hatta near Imphal Indian Army War Cemetery, Hatta on Thursday.

They were found by one person at around 5 pm while he was cleaning the sewage drain which leads towards the Imphal Indian Army War Cemetery, Hatta.

As a precautionary measure, the road on the eastern side of Hatta road was kept blocked from the public by the district police personnel. Police said that the bombs are suspected to be unexploded aerial bombs weighing about 2.3 kilogram each.

One of the police personnel who were on duty at Hatta told that the person who found the bomb brought it to handover to them. When the personnel told him that it looked like a bomb, he informed them that another similar looking object was still lying there. The individual carried the two bombs and left them at eastern side of Hatta road near the entrance of Imphal Indian Army War Cemetery, Hatta, Imphal East.

Later at about 7 pm, a team of state bomb defusal squad (BDS) arrived at the spot and safely collected the two bombs. They are now kept at the armory of Imphal East district.

Huge cache of arms and ammunition recovered

Meanwhile, a team of 26 Assam Rifles recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from Karongthel Khunou area on Wednesday. According to a report, Assam Rifles was tipped-off of huge arms and ammunition hidden in the area. Three columns of 26 Assam Rifles led by its commandant swiftly swung into action and rushed to Karongthel Khunou area. The team conducted a thorough search in suspected places since early morning. The team eventually found a suspected package under a tree at a foothill. The recovered arms included one SLR (762 mm Cal); one magazine with 10 rounds; one 303 Bolt Action Rifle; one magazine.

On further search of the area, the team recovered another package hidden in a similar manner at around 10 am. The second package contained three 32 mm pistol; three magazines; one USA made COLT AR-15, 5.56 mm calibre magazine; one USA made COLT AR- 15, 223 calibre; 843 rounds of USA made 9 mm calibre Luger; 2874 rounds of 5.56 mm calibre M-16; 75 rounds of 70 mm calibre (12 bore); 16 rounds and one fired case of 9 mm calibre; 17 rounds of 7.62 mm calibre; 70 rounds of 30 mm calibre; 13 rounds of 7.65 mm calibre and one Yaesu FM Transceiver VX-8 radio set

First Published:June 12, 2020, 10:29 a.m.

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