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PLA Militants sent to Manipur

A Correspondent, Agartala
The four Manipuri militants who were caught in Agartala city have been taken to Manipur by a regular passenger flight Saturday. A special team of Manipur police comprising four sub inspectors and two commandos escorted them during their journey to face legal proceedings in home state.
“Manipur police have taken them to Imphal by a flight”, police officer Harimohan Das said.

Goutam Kyekpam, Vikram Mangang, Debang Singh and Ibumchu Singh were caught near West Agartala police station on January 14. They had arrived in the city after illegally entering from Bangladesh through Sonamura border in West Tripura district, police earlier claimed.

Manipur police later confirmed that the detainees are members of outlawed Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) which is an underground organisation with most of cadres from Manipuri Meitei community. The response came after state’s director general of police Pranay Sahay communicated his counterpart in Imphal.
The PLA has camps in Chotodhamai and Bhanugachi areas of Sylhet district in northeast Bangladesh, sources said.

They however denied that they are militants and constantly claimed they are members of a musical orchestra when questioned during their custody with state police. However Manipur police have specific information and records to identify them as cadres of the PLA.

A six member team of Manipur police arrived here with production warrant issued by a court at Imphal and got transit remand from a court in Agartala clearing their return to the home state. The team escorted the militants to Imphal in a passenger flight.

In July last seven cadres of Manipur based the Peoples’ United Liberation Front (PULF) were arrested and a team of commands of Manipur police escorted their journey by road. However Manipur police this time decided to take flight considering security risks in their transportation.