Three militants of the banned People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) were nabbed on Wednesday morning at Moreh, a town on the India-Myanmar border in Manipur, police said.
“We received intelligence inputs to the effect that some militants may be coming to Moreh,” said Sarangthem Ibomcha, Superintendent of Police of Tengoupal district under which Moreh falls.
Police and personnel of 12 Assam Rifles intercepted the three self-styled corporals at Sun Rise club ground in Moreh town. No weapons were found, he added.
PREPAK is an armed insurgent group in Manipur demanding a separate and independent homeland.
Ibomcha said that they had come to Manipur from their camps in Myanmar to carry out activities “prejudicial to India”.
Intelligence sources told IANS that it is being examined whether they had deserted their camps in no man’s land.
Ibomcha said: “Police and security forces had beefed up security along the Manipur-Myanmar border to check possible influx of displaced Muslims from Myanmar.
“However so far no displaced Rohingya has come towards India via Moreh,” he added.
The arrests come as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a three-day visit to Myanmar, starting Tuesday.
There have been arrests of some militants in the past few days who had sneaked into Manipur from no man’s land.
Meanwhile, there is no indication when work on the 10 km long boundary fence at Moreh will be resumed. The work was suspended following complaints from Myanmar that its territory was being encroached upon.