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AR destroys NSCN (I-M) camp

Bamboo and polythene structures of the NSCN (I-M) Camp located at Bade village, dismantled by 24 AR on Wednesday (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 4 (NPN):
Published on 5 Feb. 2009 1:49 AM IST
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Assam Rifles destroyed a camp of the NSCN (I-M) in Bade village some 20 kilometers away from the outfit’s general headquarters, Camp Hebron, at around 10:30 a.m.Wednesday. Speaking to media persons, a senior functionary of the NSCN(I-M) said that about 50 to 60 Assam Rifles personnel arrived in two Gypsies and five truck and without any provocation, destroyed the camp. “We could have confronted the Assam Rifles personnel since we were around 30 of us in the camp. We however restrained ourselves, keeping in view the cease-fire ground rules and as instructed by our monitoring cell”, he said. Further he accused the Assam Rifles of taking away some blankets, beds, cooking utensils and other household articles from the makeshift camp comprising of five sheds. Another functionary of the NSCN (I-M), said the camp was set up only for the purpose of providing security to the VIPs of the NSCN(I-M). He also accused the security forces of trying to provoke the NSCN(I-M) on several occasions. The incident, coming close on the heels of the recent 14-day stand off at Shiroi village Ukhrul district between the Assam Rifles and NSCN(I-M) has added a new dimension to the enforcement of the cease particularly in the light of New Delhi’s insistence to all factions to adhere to the agreed ground rules. Explosives recovered Meanwhile, the PRO, IGAR(N) said the 24 Assam Rifles, on receipt of specific information carried out a search operation Wednesday near the village and recovered some explosives and other items. The PRO said the AR discovered the “carefully concealed explosives, detonators inside a gunny bag” in a temporary unoccupied shelter made of bamboo and polythene. Among the recovered items included-two Japanese radio sets, one hand grenade, live rounds, four detonators, explosive stick, battery chargers, antennas and cable besides several incriminating documents. The AR troops dismantled the structure and also took possession of all the recovered items. Additional columns were also inducted to sanitize the entire area after the recovery, said the PRO. Though no arrests were made, the PRO said yet the presence of “explosives in close proximity to main road and railway line has definitely raised alarms and possible intensions of planned subversive activities cannot be ruled out”. A high state of alert was being maintained throughout Nagaland to prevent any of the underground outfits from carrying out subversive activities or use it to provide safe haven or corridor to escape the “heat” generated by the Army and security forces operations in Assam, the PRO said. The AR appealed to all the civilians to cooperate with them and provide any information regarding presence of suspected militants or weapons and explosives so as to avert any untoward incident within Nagaland.

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