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KU rescues tourist held captive by NSCN (K)

KU rescues tourist held captive by NSCN (K)
Cheten Raheja with KU members and police personnel. (KU)
DIMAPUR, AUG 31 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/31/2019 10:53:45 AM IST

In a joint rescue mission of the Konyak Union (India and Myanmar), a domestic tourist identified as one Cheten Raheja from Bangalore was safely released from the captivity of NSCN (K) under Sagaing division. 

In a press note, KU president Howing Konyak and media secretary Pangmei Konyak said Raheja, who is a poet and traveller, had gone to Longwa after registering himself at Mon police station on August 23. Based on reports, KU said Assam Rifles posted at Longwa enquired about his visit and had asked him return since it was a sensitive area. 
However, KU said Raheja “sub-consciously ventured into/inside Myanmar territory” which unfortunately was a base/area held by the NSCN (K). As confessed, KU said NSCN (K) had held him captive since the tourist was found within their domain and that NSCN was not pleased to see an alien person within their region, taking note of the current situation.
However, on the request of both the Konyak Union of India and Myanmar, the union said Nyemlang Konyak was kind enough to understand and consider the case on humanitarian ground without further complication.  He stated that the same gestures should be reciprocated to the Nagas in Bangalore. After 5 days in captivity, Raheja was handed over to the Konyak Union (Myanmar) by the NSCN (K) authority on August 29, at Chen Loi-e Village in Myanamar and was received at the International border by the combine team of Konyak Union and the law enforcing authority of Mon district. KU said that even though NSCN (K), which has been tagged as terrorist organization, had released Raheja unconditionally on humanitarian ground. 
KU acknowledged the positive response and further appealed to all concern that solution can only happen through peace and love.
KU also lauded the district administration and law enforcing agencies for their support in rescuing Raheja from the jaws of death.
Meanwhile, KU said despite Mon district being a major tourist centre, the union will strictly manage smooth flow of tourist. In this regard, KU has requested the concern authority to cooperate with them positively. Further, all tourists’ related agencies have been asked to approach Konyak Union for proper guidelines so that such incidents do not occur in future.
 

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