Assam police nabbed two cadres of NSCN-IM near Haflong.

NSCNSilchar: Personnel of Assam Rifles and the police nabbed two cadres of NSCN (IM) from Lodhi village near Haflong, the headquarters of the hill district in southern Assam, in a united operation early on Monday. A huge collection of arms was also recovered from their custody.

According to the sources, the security forces, acting on a warn, raided the village on Monday morning, arresting Kaising Jeme and Chunglube Niyame from separate houses.

The cache of arms found comprise four AK-56 rifles, eight magazines, 515 cartages of AK-56, along with two mobile phones and two sim cards. Whereas, one AK-56 rifle was recovered from the possession of Jeme, three other rifles were found on Niyame.

The arrested militants are being questioned by the Assam Rifles officials and they are yet to be handed over to the police. Officials suspect that more Naga militants are hiding in the village, usually a Dimasa-dominated hamlet, and coming operation in the area is started.

A senior police officer said that the arrested Naga militants were concerned in a number of extortion, kidnapping and murder cases in the district.

They were also a part of the group of ultras who kidnapped and killed Col (Retd) Jatindar Singh Sandhu (62), the general manager of the Umrangshu unit of the private sector Jaypee Cement Limited, and Ramen Sharma (52), deputy general manager of state-owned Assam Mineral Development Corporation in November previous year.

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