Three illicit drug and arms smugglers who were also involved in hijacking of vehicles were arrested by police and seized weapons, including one Chinese hand grenade, from their possession.
The three persons disclosed that they were involved in trafficking of illicit drugs and arms and ammunition and also in hijacking vehicles with other associates, according to police.
A commando team of Thoubal district police under the overall supervision of Superintendent of Police K Meghachandra Singh yesterday conducted intensive patrolling, frisking and checking in several parts of Thoubal district, as part of security measures put in place in the run up to Independence Day celebration, police said on Friday.
The police team saw an unknown person coming in a suspicious manner towards a bridge near Sangaiyumpham Nungphou bazaar around 7:30 pm. On seeing the cops, the man fled the spot prompting the cops to chase him. He was then detained for verification and checking.
In the follow up action, at the instance of Md Alam, the police arrested one of his associates identified as Md Akbar @ Ithem, 32, son of late Manao of Lamding Cherapur Mathak Leikai at 8.05 pm along with one 9 mm pistol and one magazine.
Sidik told police he took possession of one 9 mm pistol with magazine for some time before returning it back to Akbar @ Ithem.
The trio along with seized items was handed over to Thoubal Police Station for further legal action.