Army busts NSCN (I-M) ‘hideout’ in Manipur

Army busts NSCN (I-M) ‘hideout’ in Manipur
Arms, ammunition and other items recovered from the camp at Kekru-Naga village.
NEW DELHI, JUL 7 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 7/7/2019 11:39:18 AM IST

The Army has dismantled an undesignated hideout of the NSCN (I-M) in Manipur after its members were allegedly found extorting from people at a village, the Army said.

“An undesignated and unauthorised hideout of NSCN (I-M) was busted on July 6 by the Army troops at Kekru Naga village in Manipur. Based on a specific input regarding NSCN (IM) cadres camping in Kekru Naga and carrying out illegal extortion, a well-coordinated operation was launched on the night of July 5,” the Army said in a statement.

“However, seeing the troops advancing toward their camp, the cadres fled leaving huge amount of arms, ammunition, uniform and other war-like stores,” the Army said.

A member of the NSCN (I-M) was detained after he was found trying to hide among people in plainclothes, the Army said.

The weapons found by the raiding team included an American-origin M16 assault rifle with 125 rounds, one self-loading rifle with 26 rounds and some AK series assault rifles, apart from other “warlike stores”.

The Army said it is working closely with the police, intelligence agencies, civil administration and the locals to identify “unauthorised hideouts” of the NSCN (I-M). “Immediate action is being taken to identify and dismantle such undesignated NSCN (I-M) camps in Manipur and to stop atrocities as well as illegal activities of these cadres,” the Army said in the statement.

The NSCN (I-M), which entered into a truce with the Centre in 1997 has been continuing dialogue with the Centre’s emissaries.

Meanwhile, sources in the 3 Corps Hqs also confirmed about the operation.

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