Imphal: Three cadres of NSCN(IM) and one sympathiser was apprehended from different locations of Thoubal district following three search operations by Manipur police commandos, a police officer said on Thursday.
In a search operation conducted at Tuisem village by state police commandos on Wednesday led by SP M Pradeep, at around 3 am, seven persons were apprehended for failing to provide authentic identity papers. Three of them turned out to be former members of NSCN(IM), the officer said.
They have been handed over to Pallel Police station for verification, the officer said. Four SSBL guns and one weapon were recovered during the operation, the sources said.
In another operation carried out on Wednesday at Khangshim village in Thoubal district, one sympathiser and a captain of the militant outfit was also arrested.
The duo has been identified as Hongsha, 32, and self-styled Captain Ashang Hongsha, 42, of the same village, the police officer said. Hongsha was in constant touch with cadres stationed at Dimapur’s Hebron Camp, the officer added.
The commando team also recovered one .38 pistol with four live rounds and one mobile handset.
Meanwhile, another police team, carried out a search operation at Serou locality, leading to the arrest of yet another two cadres of the same outfit identified as Bungdon Bingham, 29 and Setlun Shungjong, 23.
The state force managed to recover one .32 pistol loaded with one live round, by the police, the officer said.