Silchar: Assam Police apprehended three suspected members of the Naga National Council (NNC) in Silchar's Shiv Colony here on Monday night.
As per reports, acting on a tip-off, the police conducted a secret search operation and nabbed two suspected militants along with some weapons from the Shiv Colony area of Silchar late Monday, while the other one was nabbed under Jirighat PS Cachar.
The three suspected militants have been identified as Dinpatrei Riamei, Chamdankhuan, and Namjaorei Rongmai.
A 9mm pistol was also recovered from their possession.
As per the police, they all are members of the NNC and their leader is Namjaorei Rongmai. They are also using the Cachar district as a transit for their activities in Nagaland and Manipur.
''Some other members of their group managed to escape, but we are going to arrest them soon,'' Superintendent of Police of Cachar district Ramandeep Kaur was quoted as saying by media reports.
Last Friday, four top extremists of the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT-Biswa Mohan faction), who had fled from their Bangladeshi camp, surrendered to the Tripura Police with arms and ammunition.
Police officials asserted that the NLFT-BM's self-styled Colonel Umesh Koloi, 42, self-styled Lt. Colonel Victor Jamatia (47), self-styled Warrant Officer Fanijoy Reang, 39, and Uttam Kishore Jamatia, 42, entered Tripura through Ganganagar border in Dhalai district on July 21 with a view to kidnapping people and forcefully collecting money from the villagers.
They moved into the forested areas of southern Tripura and sensing their movement, special operations were launched by the Tripura State Rifles and district police forcing them to surrender to the police on Friday.
Two collaborators of the NLFT-BM -- Surjya Kishore Jamatia, 60, and Brajendra Reang, 60 -- also surrendered.
Officials said that according to the preliminary interrogation, it is revealed that the NLFT-BM group is facing financial and other hardships and their survival has become difficult due to continuous pressure of security forces on their hideouts inside Tripura.
The militants deposited an AK-56 rifle with two magazines and 60 bullets, one M-20 pistol with one magazine and five bullets, one .38 pistol with one magazine and 15 rounds of bullets, and extortion notice books