Security forces in Arunachal Pradesh have apprehended three cadres of a militant outfit for allegedly carrying out extortion activities in Changlang district, a senior defence official said on Sunday.

The Changlang battalion of Assam Rifles launched an operation on Saturday night and apprehended the three cadres of the NSCN (R) from Old Shallang village in the district.

The cadres were identified as Wangjang Pangtha, Limglang Tutsha and Chamol Jungli, Kohima-based defence spokesman Col Chiranjit Konwer said.

An AK -56 assault rifle, one M-20 pistol with live ammunition, mobile phones with multiple sim cards were recovered from their possession, the spokesman said.

The rebels were later handed over to the district police. Extortion activities by insurgents in south Arunachal Pradesh have been a matter of concern.

Since the beginning of 2019, reports of extortion activities by various factions of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) had been received and a proactive strategy was adopted by security forces under the aegis of Director General of Assam Rifles (DGAR) to deter the rebel groups.