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Manipur rebels held in Patna

Patna, Dec. 11: Two militants of the Manipur-based People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (Progressive) were arrested from a bus stand here today.

Two mobile phones, an ATM card of a nationalised bank, cheque deposit slips, payment receipt of a laptop and cash were found on them.

The two militants, Thoudam Khamba alias Suresh and Sanasam Rabi Singh alias Suraj, were produced before judicial magistrate Praveen Kumar Singh who granted a four-day transit remand to Manipur police.

Patna senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaj said the two were taken to Imphal by a Manipur police team, headed by assistant commandant of 5th Indian Reserve Battalion, Manihar Singh, under tight security.

He said the two militants were apprehended from Mithapur bus stand under Jakkanpur police station, following a tip-off from Imphal police, when the duo were planning to catch a bus for Kishanganj.

He said the two were suspected to have been involved in several ambushes on security personnel in Manipur’s Imphal West district and had been booked under relevant sections of the Explosive Substances Act in Manipur.

On the basis of what the arrested militants told interrogators in Patna, Singjamei police in Imphal West raided the house of their close associate and recovered five hand grenades and four detonators.

Sources said the two had entered Bihar from Nepal.

Last year, too, five Prepak (Pro) militants were arrested from Patna, four of whom were identified as Ninthoujam Shanti alias Chinglemba, Langpoklakpam Inaocha alias Birjeet, Elangbam Bobo alias Khanganba and Jiten alias Selkai. They were also handed over to Manipur police.

The SSP said, “Since there was no criminal case pending against them in any police station in Bihar, we handed all of them over to the Imphal police team.”

Prepak (Pro) is a constituent of Coordination Committee, an umbrella body of six militant groups of Manipur, fighting for restoring Manipur’s lost sovereignty. It has declined the Centre and state government’s offer for talks.

Prepak (P) 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.