Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The three suspected militants associated with Manipur-based People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), who were nabbed in a joint operation by the Military Intelligence and City Crime Branch (CCB) police on Friday, have been remanded to 10-day police custody even as their interrogation continued.

The police have also taken into custody three more persons for allegedly having links with the three suspected militants.

Those arrested on Saturday are Megha Chandra Singh (27), a native of Imphal East, Vikas Pradhan (26) and Rakesh Icgirom (22), both from Sikkim. Earlier on Friday Laikhuram Jiten Singh (30), self-styled sergeant of PREPAK, Ibungo Singh (29), self-styled second lieutenant, and Hijim Johny Singh (26), all natives of Imphal East in Manipur and associated with one of the three factions of PREPAK, were arrested.

The police said that the three suspected militants were remanded to police custody by the 10th ACMM court here for further interrogation. Cases of murder, kidnapping, extortion and others have been registered against them, the police said.

The Bangalore police will also probe whether they were involved in any unlawful activities in Bangalore. The three suspected militants were leading luxurious lives in Bangalore, and were issuing directions to their counterparts in Manipur to target government officials and individuals for collecting ransom, the police charged. A police team from Manipur was expected in Bangalore to interrogate them and take them into their custody after obtaining court permission, the police said.

The three, the police said, were “important leaders of the banned militant outfit,” and had 25 cases registered against them that included four cases of murder, kidnapping of government officials, industrialists and other important persons, and extortion. The arrested were staying in Bangalore to evade arrest in Manipur, they added.

The police said Ibungo Singh had undergone arms training during 1997-1998, and had several criminal cases against him. He had gone to jail earlier. Hijim Johny Singh is said to have undergone arms training in Mizoram in 1999-2000, and gone to jail in 2004, the police said.