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AR claim of ‘Chinese spies’ refuted
Published on 27 Jul. 2010 1:10 AM IST
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Refuting the claims of Assam Rifles that two Chinese nationals were picked from Mon district on suspicion that duo were on an espionage mission, reported in a National daily July 9 last under the headline “Chinese spies with NSCN (K) link held”, the two victims, who identified themselves as one Shaktsung Kasar Akham Pangmi Naga and John Zimik Wangmen Pangmi, today said they were “bona fide” Nagas and not Chinese spies.
In a statement released to the press Monday, the duo said they were neither member of any outfits nor a criminal, adding the allegations by Assam Rifles was “baseless and uncalled for”.
Relating the incident, Shaktsung Kasar and John Zimik said they were apprehended by “heavily armed” 6th AR personnel on July 4 last below Mon village, while they were on their way to Tizit plywood mill to ascertain the rate of timber. “However, the 6th AR claimed to have picked the Chinese spies from Mon, bordering Arunachal Pradesh,” the statement said. Also, the duo alleged that they were taken to AR camp at Mon town, where they were “badly threatened” to the extent of firing gun and keeping them in separation – blind folded.
They also alleged that AR personnel frightened them by telling them that one has been shot dead and that if they don’t reveal the truth the same shall be carried out. However, on the same night of July 4 they were taken to Mon police station, they said. The duo went on to state that they were jointly interrogated “intensively” by AR, PRO, SIB and police, but were found innocent and released.

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