An arms dealer was arrested after a large number of weapons were allegedly found in his possession during a massive search operation in Imphal east district of Manipur.

Superintendent of Police (Imphal east district) Kamei Angam said following a tip-off, a police team led by officer in charge of district commandos inspector Achouba Meitei searched Shingjamei Bheigyabati Leikai area near here on Tuesday.

During the operation, an arms dealer identified as Khetrimayum Umakanta (44) was arrested. A single barrel country-made rifle, two country-made pistols, one country-made air pistol and large number of ammunition were recovered from his possession.

Mr. Angam said Umakanta allegedly manufactured the country-made weapons. He is in police custody for further interrogation.

In another incident, Imphal east district police commandos on Tuesday arrested three militants of Kangleipak Communist Party (Military Task Force) during a search operation at Wangkhei Ayang Palli area in the district, police said.