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Two Manipur militants held

Two hardcore members of a Manipur-based militant outfit — Prepak (Pro) — were arrested from Mithapur bus stand under the jurisdiction of the Jakkanpur police station on Wednesday.

The police seized two mobile phones, an ATM card of a nationalised bank and payment receipt for a laptop besides cash and cheque deposit slips from the arrested militants.

The two activists of the People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (Progressive) — Thoudam Khamba alias Suresh and Sanasam Rabi Singh alias Suraj — were produced before judicial magistrate Praveen Kumar Singh, who allowed a Manipur police team to take them on a four-day transit remand.

Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaj said a Manipur police team headed by assistant commandant of 5th Indian Reserve Battalion, Manihar Singh, took the arrested militants to Imphal on transit remand under tight security.

Maharaj said a police team apprehended the two alleged militants at a bus stand while they were planning to catch a bus for Kishanganj. The raid was conducted following a tip-off from Imphal police, the SSP said. “We have provided all help to the Manipur police team,” the SSP said.

The two Prepak activists were allegedly involved in several incidents of attack on security personnel in Imphal West district of the northeastern state.

Following the arrest here, a police team attached to Singjamei police station in Imphal West raided the house of a close associate of the arrested extremists and recovered five hand grenades and four detonators. They have now been booked under relevant sections of the Explosive Substance Act in Manipur.

Sources said the two had entered Bihar from Nepal.

This is not the first time the outfit’s members have been arrested from Bihar.

Earlier last year, five other activists of the banned outfit were arrested from the state capital.

The operatives were identified as Ninthoujam Shanti alias Chinglemba, Langpoklakpam Inaocha alias Birjeet, Elangbam Bobo alias Khanganba and Jiten alias Selkai.

They, too, were later taken away to Manipur for further interrogation. SSP Maharaj said, “Since there was no criminal case pending against them in any police station in the state, we handed over all the arrested operatives to the Imphal police team.”

The Prepak (Progressive) is a constituent party of Coordination Committee, an umbrella body of six militant groups in Manipur that are fighting for restoring Manipur’s lost sovereignty.

Prepak (Progressive) was behind the bombing at the main entrance of Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh’s office secretariat-cum-residential complex in Imphal city on August 10 this year. No one was injured in the blast.

The coordination committee is refusing to accept the offer made by both the Union and state governments for talks.