Two top rebels leaders of the banned underground organisation, the United National Liberation Front — Khumbongmayum Tomba, its vice-chairman, and Ningombam Dilip, its deputy organisation secretary — were arrested on Friday evening from Guwahati. They were apprehended from Pathar Quarry near Guwahati by a combined intelligence team of the police, the CRPF and the Army. They were about to leave for Myanmar.

One laptop containing vital information about the outfit and an undisclosed amount of money were seized from them.

Muivah barred

The Manipur government has decided not to allow Thuingaleng Muivah, general secretary of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Issac-Muivah), to visit some tribal areas of Manipur as it is felt that his visit will be “prejudicial” to the peace and communal harmony in the State. A decision not to allow Mr. Muivah inside Manipur was taken at a late night Cabinet meeting on Friday.

Maoists' clarification

A spokesman of the Special Areas Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) has clarified that it never issued a deadline against the Manipuris in some States to leave by June 30. The statement further said that the CPI(Maoist) had nothing to do with the earlier statement to this effect and that it was a ploy to drive a wedge among the people. It further said that it honoured the “freedom movement” launched by the people of Manipur.

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