IMPHAL, April 23: Assam Rifles authorities have denied any human rights violation during the entire episode regarding the death of a NSCN (IM) cadre in Arunachal Pradesh recently.
In reaction to the Newmai News Network report carried by the IFP under the headline ‘No respite in AR-IM tension’ wherein the NSCN-IM had charged the Assam Rifles of torturing a captain of the outfit in Arunachal Pradesh leading to his subsequent death, the PIB has denied any violation.
It has stated that based on specific information, a column of 19 Assam Rifles along with police representatives of Khonsa launched an operation in the jungles near Hollam Village in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh on April 15.
It further added that at approximately 6.45pm, the column apprehended one militant, later identified as SS Captain Yormi Horam Tangkhul of NSCN (IM), along with one muzzle loaded rifle (Baruah Rifle), an extortion note of NSCN (IM) and two pairs of combat uniform.
Yormi Horam Tangkhul was found to be in a sick state and was therefore immediately taken to District Hospital, Khonsa along with the local police representatives. He was handed over in a fit physical condition after proper medical examination to the SHO, Khonsa police station and District Hospital, Khonsa, it continued.
It is learnt that the NSCN (IM) cadre Yormi Horam Tangkhul subsequently expired on April 20 at the said hospital.
It has further continued that proper laid down procedures and norms were followed during the conduct of the operation and further handing over of the apprehended NSCN (IM) cadre to the police. There have been no human rights violations by the Assam Rifles troops during the entire episode.