Police on Sunday recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition in Manipur’s Imphal East district and arrested three persons including a United National Liberation Front (UNLF) rebel.
The arrested ULNF militant has been identified as Prafullo Singh, 43.
Acting on specific input, a team of Manipur police launched a search operation at Huikap Awang Leikai in Thoubal district, said a police official.
During the search operation, the police team recovered 13 AK-56 rifles, an AK-81, AK-86 rifle, two M-16 series assault rifles, an RPG launcher along with a live shell, 200 rounds of 7.62 live ammunition and 10 rounds of 5.5 live ammunition.
The arms and ammunition were found hidden beneath a cowshed belonging to UNLF rebel Prafullo Singh.
The weapons belonged to the banned UNLF, cops said.
The other two arrested persons have been identified as Laitonjam Kumar Sinh (47) and Wahengbam Tompok (49) of Huikap Mayai Leikai.
The police said they helped Prafullo conceal the arms and ammunition.
“We received reliable information about weapons concealed in Huikap Awang Leikai by members of the UNLF. The district police team immediately rushed to the area, led by an additional SP under my supervision and conducted a massive search operation which led to the recovery of weapons,” Thoubal SP Jogeschandra Haobijam told Indian Express.