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Four Kuki militants arrested in Guwahati

Guwahati, Dec. 17: City police last night apprehended four suspected Kuki Revolutionary Army militants from the Jorabat area while they were on their way to Shillong.

The police also rescued two persons, Premjeet Singha and Chamba Singh, who were allegedly kidnapped by the militants from Hindustan Parking at Behorbari under Baisistha police station a few days back.

The arrested militants, identified as Moirenthen Somarandra Meithei, 32, Ramen Singh, 26, Jogender Singh, 46, and Moirenthen Nauchasingh, 28, hail from Bishnupur in Manipur’s Imphal East district.

The police said the four militants had kidnapped two drivers of a transport company in Manipur from the Beltola area on December 15 night.

“The two kidnapped persons were being shifted to Shillong last night in a four-wheeler when the police managed to apprehend the Kuki rebels,” a senior police official said.

A mobile phone and some incriminating documents have been recovered from them.

The official said they were in touch with their Manipur counterparts in this matter.

The incident has strengthened security forces belief that several militant outfits of the Northeast are using Guwahati to collect extortion money and abduct for ransom.

A few months back, chairman of the People’s United Liberation Front, Kazi Umar Farooq, was arrested from a hideout in Guwahati.

City police had also arrested a top functionary of the banned Kangleipak Communist Party.

Several hotels and lodges in the city have in the past come under the police scanner as they suspected that the militants were living as tenants.

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