The Manipur police have arrested three women cadres of insurgent group National Revolutionary Front of Manipur (NRFM).
The police recovered a huge cache of explosives from the possession of the women. Acting on an input that some NRFM cadres are going to plant explosives at Moirang, police conducted a massive search operation in the area in Bhisnupur district.
During the operation, the police team initially arrested two women along with 0.32 live ammunition.
On further interrogation, the two women cadres reportedly revealed their plan to plant explosives at Moirang market place under a senior functionary of the outfit, said the police.
The arrested women rebels have been identified as Zillarani and Elizabeth.
They reportedly informed that a cache of explosives was hidden at the residence of another woman identified as Romita from Moirang Lamkhai.
The police team recovered 9 gelatine sticks weighing 100 grams each; 41 detonators; 35 extortion notes of NRFM, wires, safety fuse from the residence of Romita.
Police said the three women rebels were involved in the collection of funds for the underground organisation from shops in Moirang area.
They were also allegedly involved in planting an improvised explosive device (IED) at Naya Naya hotel in Moirang on June 25 last year, added police.