Four militants belonging to the banned Peoples United Liberation Front (PULF) were arrested at Cansaulim on Wednesday in a joint operation by Verna Police, Manipur Commando Police and the Indian Army. PULF is considered to be the only Muslim organization from Manipur which was formed in 1992 with the motive of liberation, but is presently involved in all sorts of illegal activities
Mormugao Superintendent of Police Mahesh Gaonkar informed that four militants — Samsat Khan alias Sauda (wife of founder member of PULF, M I Khan),
Mohammad Noor, Avakatom and Samir Khan were operating in Goa and carrying out their alleged terror activities almost three months, with their counterparts in Manipur. He said the accused had no motive of any terror activity in Goa, as they were only operating their terror activities from Goa. They were residing in a flat at Bazarwado in Cansaulim and carrying out their activities with the help of seven mobile phones and one laptop, which were recovered by the police.
“This has been a major breakthrough since M. I. Khan’s arrest in Belgaum six months ago”, stated Indian Army Captain Sachin Kumar, who was accompanying the Manipur Commando Police Nula Tsunjam and Maohammed Muzamil. He further said that Sauda’s arrest will open up many other things and the security agencies have been working in this direction.
A team comprising of Goa Police and Manipur Police, who interrogated all the four accused, disclosed that one of the accused had come to Goa about three months ago, while two had come during the Christmas season.
The police did not disclose most of the details, but sources in the know informed that the accused along with eight other family members were staying in a building owned by a Goan by paying monthly rent of Rs 2,500.
Gaonkar preferred to remain silent when the media tried to question him about Goa being the safest place for naxalites and insurgents.