IMPHAL, June 15: Three cadres of the Khaplang faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K), including a Myanmarese national, have been apprehended yesterday (Tuesday) by 29 Assam Rifles in a frisking and checking operation at Sita junction about 75 km from Imphal on Indo-Myanmar section of NH 39, said a police source.
The arrested NSCN (K) cadres have been identified as “second lieutenant” Atho, 28, s/o Yaba of Somra village in Myanmar, H Lightson, 46, s/o Ngazekwung and Khampankhul, 20, s/o Yinmin, both of whom from Chingai village in Ukhrul district of Manipur.
The three were arrested yesterday at about 11:30 am. However, it could not be ascertained if they were traveling to or coming back from Moreh.
They were handed over to Imphal police station Wednesday by 29 Assam Rifles but the police station transfered the case to Tengnoupal police station as the arrest spot falls under the jurisdiction of Tengnoupal police station in Chandel district.
Mention may be made that on June 11 two NSCN (IM) cadres were arrested by 17 Assam Rifles along with five assault rifles in Ukhrul district.
In unrelated news today, a Tata Winger bought on loan has been set afire at Patsoi by a person who identified himself as a member of People’s Liberation Army/Revolutionary People’s Front.
The 45-year old owner of the vehicle Khundrakpam Loken of Uyal Makha Leikai in Thoubal district said that he has not received any threat or extortion demand from any organization and has asked for explanation why his vehicle was targeted.