Four Manipuri militants held in GoaBy IANS
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
PANAJI - Four suspected militants, including a woman attached to the Manipur-based rebel group People’s United Liberation Front (PULF), were arrested from a coastal village in south Goa Wednesday, police said.
The suspected militants were identified as Saira Banu, Mohd. Noor, Ayakatom and Samir Khan - all of them are wanted for standing trial in Manipur for militancy-related crimes. Superintendent of Police Allen D’Sa confirmed the arrests.
Goa police, Manipur police and the Indian Army were involved in the joint operation leading to the arrests, a police official said.
Transit remand has been secured (from court) for all the four militants, who will be taken to Manipur for investigation into the crimes they have committed, a senior police official said.
The PULF is Manipur’s only Muslim militant group. It is allegedly funded by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency and functions along the Bangladesh border.