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Manipur cops to quiz ‘militants’
Published on 10 Nov. 2008 1:17 AM IST
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Two Manipur Police officers reached Kolkata on Saturday evening to interrogate the seven alleged People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (Prepak) militants arrested in the city on Friday, according to Times News Network. Kolkata Police charged the seven under Section 41C of the CrPC (arrest without warrant) and a city court remanded them in two days’ police custody. “Manipur Police has not yet sent us any confirmation regarding the identity of the seven. The officers from Manipur are interrogating them. If they are sure that the seven are members of the banned outfit, the officers may seek transit remand and take them away. However, we have not yet received any complaint from the businessmen they are said to have extorted,” said a senior Kolkata Police officer. Sources in Military Intelligence (MI) — that provided the tip-off regarding the presence of the alleged militants in Kolkata — however, maintained that all of them are active members of the outfit, which had changed its name to United People’s Party of Kangleipak (UPPK) on Thursday. The UPPK is led by one Chenglamba. The seven were allegedly on a ‘mission’ to collect funds from businessmen dealing in scrap from Manipur. “We had kept tabs on their movement in the city for the last few days. They were arrested near auction houses in Kolkata, where bidding for scrap from Manipur was going on. Militants are now trying to revive the outfit in Manipur, and funds are very crucial. Delhi was a favourite target earlier. Now that central agencies are breathing down their necks, the militants are carrying out their activities in Kolkata,” said a senior officer. Though the city police denied that any cash has been recovered from the seven, the army maintained that they were in possession of nearly Rs 15 lakh that they had collected from businessmen in the last few days. There are also allegations that one of those arrested, M Chittaranjan Singh, is a small time contractor from Manipur. “This merely goes on to show the nexus between a section of businessmen and militants in Manipur. Kolkata Police is still not very convinced, as no arms or ammunition have been recovered from the seven. The city police are not aware of their activities in Manipur. These outfits are well organized and members don’t move around with arms unless they are going on a raid. In 2008 itself, Prepak has claimed responsibility for two blasts in Imphal. In both cases, the group claimed that it was merely showing off its capabilities in the state. The group also has links with other outfits, both in Manipur and elsewhere,” the army officer said.

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