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The Myanmar army on December 15 handed over five hardcore cadre of the banned Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) outfit, a sister wing of the outlawed People’s Liberation Army (PLA), to the Manipur Police, officials said.

A police officer, who spoke to the media on the condition of anonymity, revealed that a special flight carrying the five Manipur-based RPF militants landed at the Imphal airport on December 15 morning and the extremists were subsequently handed to the state police.

The RPF guerrillas were immediately taken to an undisclosed location by the police and are being interrogated by the senior officials.

Police are yet to confirm whether these rebels were involved in any incident.

Sources said that the five RPF cadre, led by their leader Devani, were provided medical treatment in a Myanmar hospital for some ailments after they were nabbed by the Myanmar military at Monywa in Sagaing region of northwestern Myanmar in August last year.

On November 13, in a attack by the PLA and the Manipur Naga Peoples’s Front, Colonel Viplav Tripathi and four jawans of the Assam Rifles were gunned down in Churachandpur district bordering Myanmar.

Colonel Tripathi’s wife and 9-year-old son were also killed in the attack.

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