IMPHAL, July 25 - In a major breakthrough, Manipur police arrested four persons including a girl for allegedly selling ATM cards/bank passbooks and fake documents. Police also rounded up four more persons including an NSCN-IM activist for allegedly staging a kidnapping case.
Imphal police arrested four persons � Yumlembam Chinglen alias Bombom (40) and Md Fahruddin (28), both from Imphal West district, Soram Soniya (23) of Thoubal district and Pramod Kumar Prasad (26) of Bihar in connection with the fraud case while Singjamei police rounded up the other four � namely L Toto alias Suresh(40), Y Kenedy (37), both in Imphal West district, Dangshankwa Leidong (39) of Chandel district and Molung Leidunshim Maring (42) in Senapati district in connection with a kidnapping case, according to SP Imphal West district Dr AK Jhaljit Singh. Dangshankwa Leidong is said to be an NSCN-IM activist.
The first case was taken up by City police based on a complaint lodged by an official of State Bank of India, Imphal Branch requesting to make an enquiry into two persons � Chinglen and Soniya for possessing ATM cards, bank passbooks and some other documents which seemed to be forged.
During the inquiry, it was found that Chinglen and Soniya had opened bank accounts in different banks of Manipur and Guwahati by using fake documents in fake names. Subsequently they sold it to one Th Prasanta (35) of Wangoi at Rs 4,000/ Rs 5,000 per card and also used the fake ATM cards/passbooks in depositing and transferring money from an account, SP Jhaljit said.
Stating that Md Fakhruddin was arrested for being involved in such activities from his computer shop called Uttara Studio in Imphal where Pramod Kumar Prasad was manager cum computer operator. A huge cache of incriminating articles were also recovered from the shop, he added, �Investigation is on to find out details as Prasanta is absconding�, he added.
Singjamei police exposed the staged kidnapping case by arresting the four persons following a complaint by grocery merchant Kh Yaiphaba (37) of Imphal West district. The grocer said that two of his staff � Toto and Kenedy were kidnapped for a ransom of Rs 5 lakh.
But during the investigation, police said they found that the kidnap drama was stage managed by the arrested four. Police also recovered a pistol, Rs 70,000 in cash, a Honda Activa scooter and a Maruti Van from their possession.