The three accused carried out extortion drives in the name of KCP Credit: Facebook

Imphal: Three persons, including a self-styled leader of banned outfit Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) Angamba faction, were arrested in Bengaluru, Karnataka recently for trying to extort Rs 1 crore each from two banks based in Manipur capital Imphal.

According to Imphal West SP K Meghanchandra Singh, Manipur Police arrested the accused with the help of their counterpart from Ashwathappa Building, Gurangute Palya in Karnataka’s capital city on February 19.

The arrested individuals have been identified as Sarangthem Gyaneshwor Singh, 45, alias Gopi or Gopeshwor Singh from Kongpal Chanam Leikai of Imphal East district, Lairenlakpam Mainhar Singha, 47, and Thangjam Nandakishore Singh, 35 — both hailing from Assam’s Hailakandi area.

During the time of their arrest, police also recovered three mobile phones, six SIM cards, one stamp seal bearing the name of ‘comrade’ Pari Meitei, secretary finance of KCP (Angamba faction), and other incriminating articles from their possession.

A case was registered at City Police Station in Imphal following a complaint from general managers of some banks in Paona Bazar and Thangal Bazar demanding Rs 1 crore each. The banks were also warned of serious consequences if they failed to adhere to their demands, it said.

As per reports, the three persons carried out the extortion activities from Bengaluru under the banner of outlawed KCP.

However, till now, police have not ascertained either their active associates with the banned insurgent group or operated under the command of Pari Meitei, reports said.

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During preliminary inquiry, Gyaneshwor Singh revealed that in 2017, he started a microfinance firm under the name ‘Golden Super Service Micro Financial Investments Pvt Ltd. However, the company went into bankruptcy.

Later, he fled to Cachar in Assam and subsequently based himself in Bengaluru from where he carried out the extortion activities along with the other two associates, an official said.

On Tuesday afternoon, the accused involved in the extortion case were brought to Imphal to further establish their involvement, network and other evidences, the official added.

The accused were taken to the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) of Imphal West on Wednesday for transit remand and also to decide the number of days to be kept under police custody for investigation.

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