Manipur Police on Friday rescued three workers kidnapped by militants following an encounter in Imphal East district.

Suspected Kuki National Liberation Army (KNLA) militants allegedly kidnapped the workers on February 7.

The workers were rescued unharmed from a hill range between Boljang and New Boljang villages under the Thoubal Dam Police Station after the encounter that lasted nearly two hours.

There was no report of casualty on either side in the exchange of fire between the police and the abductors.

Police said that they were kidnapped from the makeshift camp where they were staying, for ransom.

One AK-56 assault rifle was recovered at the end of the rescue operation, the police said.

The three rescued workers have been identified Yumnam Sushilkumar alias Nanao (30), Laishram Debchandra Singh (50) and Ngangbam Gunadhar (55).

They were engaged in the construction of a bridge at Laikhong village near Nongpok Keithelmanbi under the PMGSY scheme.

The police commandos launched a rescue operation after a complaint was lodged at the Thoubal Dam Police Station yesterday.

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh rewarded Rs 10 lakh to the Imphal East Police for rescuing three workers from the clutches of suspected militants.

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