Two top leaders of the Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF), a militant organization based in Nagaland and Manipur were arrested in West Jaiñtia Hills district of Meghalaya.
The arrested ZUF leaders include chairman Raitu Chawang, 66, alias Raitu, and information secretary Gengchung Pou Namthuiyang, 43, alias Dangmei.
Acting on intelligence inputs that two cadres of ZUF were travelling from Silchar to Guwahati via Meghalaya’s Jaiñtia Hills, a team of special cell of West Jaiñtia Hills police put up a Naka at Phramer area and during checking of a night super (AS01-JC-1300) on Monday, the two cadres of the outfit were nabbed, a police official said.
Four mobile phones were seized from their possession.
West Jaiñtia Hills district SP Vivek Syiem said that during preliminary inquiry, the two cadres admitted they are the ZUF cadres and they planned to go to go to Guwahati, for which the objective of their visit to Guwahati is being enquired into.
The ZUF is based in Nagaland and Manipur, and has its own military wing–the Zeliangrong Tiger Force–which has its own chief.
Syiem said that both the cadres were produced in a court of the Judicial Magistrate First Class in the district for judicial remand for they are wanted in Tamenglong district of Manipur for five cases under Arms Act.
Syiem informed that the SP of Tamenglong district is sending a team to take custody of the two ZUF leaders.