NSCN (IM) operates in Manipur, Army rescues kidnap victim
IMPHAL | Mar 13
Despite a ceasefire with the Government of India, NSCN(IM) have been conducting military operations disregarding ground rules of the ceasefire.
After Kuki National Front (Nehlun) raised allegations that on March 8, armed cadres of NSCN (IM) intruded into Chassad village and brutally assaulted a villager, a woman from new Wangparel Village, Chandel district who had been allegedly kidnapped by NSCN IM cadres on March 12.
The woman has now been rescued by a quick response team of Chandel Battalion today, late afternoon.
A release by IGAR (South) said the operation also resulted in apprehension of two NSCN(IM) cadres involved in the kidnapping, identified as Justin Khapai said to be Lieutenant Colonel from general headquarter, Hebron of NSCN(IM) and Korungthang, said to be Sergeant of AC Battalion Chandel of NSCN(IM), it said. The cadres were found in possession of one AK 47 rifle, one magazine and 27 live rounds of AK 47 Rifles, it further said.
At around 2:30 pm on March 13, a specific information was received by commander, Chandel AR Company from the villagers regarding presence of two armed cadres of NSCN(IM) in a school building of New Wangparel village along with a woman in blindfolds who had been kidnapped a day prior from her Thamlakhuren, village, it stated.
The release further said that the Chandel AR Battalion immediately launched a search and rescue operation under the Pallel Company Commander. At around 3: 30 pm, the AR team reached the village where the woman and the kidnappers were reported to be present, it said. Taken by complete surprise by the swift action by AR troops, the armed NSCN (IM) cadres ran into a nala, it said. The AR team led by their officer immediately gave chase on which the team was fired upon by the two cadres of NSCN (IM) who had kidnapped the woman, it said.
Despite the grave provocation and danger to their own lives, the AR team maintained restraint and did not fire back fearing loss of life and property to the civilians, it continued. The NSCN (IM) cadres were finally cornered and asked to surrender on which the cadres raised their arms and were apprehended, it added.
The swift and timely action of the team of Chandel Battalion led to the rescue of the kidnapping victim in record time along with apprehension of the criminals, it said. Equally importantly, the commendable restraint displayed by the AR men in the face of grave provocation and firing by the NSCN(IM) criminals ensured no casualty or damage to property of the villagers, it added.
The release further said that the two cadres have been handed over to Chandel Police. An FIR has been launched against the cadres for kidnapping, attempt to murder and under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for being in possession of restricted calibre weapon and ammunition. On initial investigation the victim revealed that few more cadre of NSCN (IM) were also involved in the crime, it said. Further investigation by the Chandel Police is under progress, it added.
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