Kohima, July 6 (MExN): Kohima Police along with security forces arrested five persons on charges of “extortion and illegal possession of arms,” near Tseminyu on July 4.
A press release from the PRO, Kohima Police informed that the arrested persons were NSCN (IM) cadres and identified as them as ‘Captain Tenyenseng Seb, 2nd Lieutenant Somingam Shang, Private Somirin Tangkhul, Captain Bopai Konyak and Sergeant Major Nagawangbou Wijunamai.’
A total of 84 extortion slips, two .32 Pistols, 10 rounds of .32 live ammunitions, 5 mobile phones, 5 pairs of camouflage uniform, 2 combat bags, a Maruti Gypsy bearing registration number NL03-1769 along with ignition key and documents, 3 pen drives and a cheque book were recovered and seized from their possession, it said.
Meanwhile, another press release for PRO (Defence), Kohima also informed that the arrest was made when the troops of Assam Rifles with a police representative launched an operation based on “specific inputs” regarding presence of cadres near Tseminyu.
The Kohima Police informed that a case was registered at Tseminyu Police Station and investigation has been taken up.
NSCN (IM) Rengma region flays ‘raid’
Meanwhile, the NSCN (IM), Rengma region, Central Administrative Officer has condemned what it termed was “the act of unprovoked raiding and unwarranted arrest of NSCN members stationed at Tseminyu town by the 40th Assam Rifles E Company.”
A press release from the office of the CAO, Rengma region, NSCN (IM) alleged that the “Assam Rifles has time and again been violating the agreed ceasefire ground rules at the place of their choosing.” “This time they have brazenly targeted Tseminyu. Such recklessness on the part of 40th AR is highly regretted,” it added.
Creating mistrust and alienation will not help promote peace process in any manner, the press release said, adding that it would rather discredit the role of AR “for creating nuisance in the town and disturb the peace of the place.”