Hardcore NSCN (IM) rebel held in Longding

ITANAGAR, Jan 31: Security forces in Longding district in a major crackdown on insurgent activities, apprehended a hardcore cadre of NSCN (IM).

A joint team of Longding Battalion of Assam Rifles and district police nabbed the rebel on Monday, police sources from the district informed here on Tuesday.

Identified as Anok Wangsu, the insurgent was a self-styled commander of the outfit’s Wancho region, who was responsible for orchestrating illegal extortion and recruitment drives in the district on behalf of the outfit, the police said.

Several incriminating documents, extortion money and fake ID cards were recovered from the possession of the arrested rebel.

The sources further added that the district police had on September last year, arrested one of his accomplice, a self-styled sergeant of the outfit, who was involved in extorting money from innocent villagers of Kanubari area of the district.

The arrest of Wangsu assumes significance as he was one of the prime suspects in two NIA cases of 2015 and 2019, wherein, three army soldiers and the then Khonsa MLA Tirong Aboh were killed in two separate ambushes, police said.

The insurgent was handed over to Longding police station for further investigation, the police added.

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