In a major breakthrough, police commandoes rounded up 12 suspected militants belonging to four Manipur-based outfits — Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup, People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak, People's Liberation Army and Kangleipak Communist Party — from the official quarters of ruling MLAs on Friday.
The police also recovered disassembled M-16 rifle, one pistol along with 10 rounds of M-16 ammunition, five rounds of pistol ammo and five 'demand letters' of KYKL addressed to different businessmen here, from the quarter of congress MLA W Brajabidhu of Lamsang Assembly Constituency in Imphal West district. The other MLAs include sitting Congress MLAs Bijoy Koijam of Thongju AC, K. Meghachandra of Wangkhem AC and ex-MLA N Sovakiran of Oinam AC.
Among the arrested persons, eight are KYKL members while two belong to KCP and one each to Prepak and PLA.
Friday's incident took place at the high security MLA colony following a cordon and search operation carried out by Imphal west district police under the directive of DIG range M Karnajit and SP Clay Khongsai around 4.30 a.m.
Later, briefing mediapersons, Manipur DGP Yumnam Joykumar said Friday's operation was conducted as part of intensified counter-insurgency operations in the state.
An FIR has been registered at Imphal police station and investigation is on, the DGP said.
Asked about the presence of the MLAs at the time of the arrests, the police chief said, "I think most of the MLAs were present".
Ruling party MLA W. Brajabidhu and ex-MLA N Sovakiran were present at the time of the arrest of eight KYKL members and one KCP member from their respective official quarters.
The DGP said, “We'll take up the investigation very seriously and necessary action will be taken... no one is above the law".
"We intend to carry out more raids based on our intelligence inputs" he said. The other KCP cadre and the PLA member were arrested from MLA Meghachandra's quarter while the Prepak member was nabbed from Bijoy Koijam's place.