Assam Rifles rescues woman from the hands of NSCN (IM)

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, March 13, 2019: A quick response team of Chandel Battalion rescued a woman from Village New Wangparal, Chandel District who had been kidnapped by NSCN(IM) cadres on March 12.

The operation also resulted in apprehension of two of the NSCN(IM) cadres involved in the kidnapping.

At around 2: 30 pm  on today, a specific information was received by Chandel AR Company Commander from the villagers regarding presence of two armed cadres of NSCN(IM) in a school building of village New Wangparal along with a woman in blindfolds who had been kidnapped a day prior from her village Thamlakhuren. 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, a statement by AR said.

Taken by complete surprise by the swift action by Assam Rifkes troops, the armed NSCN (IM) cadres ran into a nala. 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. 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. The NSCN(IM) cadres were finally cornered and asked to surrender on which the cadres raised their arms and were apprehended, it added.

During the operation the team seized one AK 47 rifle, one magazine and 27 live rounds of AK 47 Rifles.

The swift and timely action of the team of Chandel Battalion Assam Rifles led to the rescue of the kidnapping victim in record time along with apprehension of the criminals. 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, the AR release said.

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 questioning the apprehendees identified themselves as self styled Lt Colonel Justin Khapai and Self styled Sergeant Korungthang of NSCN(IM).

On initial investigation the victim revealed that few more cadre of NSCN(IM) were also involved in the crime. Further  investigation by the Chandel Police is under progress, the release said.


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