2 NSCN-R militants, 2 OGWs held in Tirap

ITANAGAR, Apr 7: Security forces have apprehended two hardcore insurgents of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Reformation (NSCN-R) and two overground workers (OGWs) of the Naga militant group in Tirap district. The security forces also recovered one M16 rifle, one HK series rifle, two .32 mm pistol alongwith 147 live rounds of ammunition, and miscellaneous items like ration, clothing and personal documents from the arrested insurgents.

Based on inputs, a joint operation was launched by the Khonsa Battalion of Assam Rifles alongwith the Khonsa Police that resulted in apprehension of two NCSN-R active insurgents, identified as self-styled Sergeant Major Khunpong Kanglom (28) of Panlom village under Khimjong PS and SS Sergeant Kamnog Pantha (30) of Jongji Habi village, Changlang district and two OGWs of NSCN-R namely, Janye Agi (26) of Dadam village and Tekhun Kitnya (20) of Tutnyu (Lazu), Tirap district on Tuesday.

During the operation, the column of troops stopped the suspected speeding vehicle and all individuals sitting in the vehicle were asked to dismount for carrying out checking. Suddenly one of the cadres tried to lob a hand grenade being carried by him on the column, but his intention was foiled by the column commander by overpowering him thus averting major casualty to the troops.

On spot interrogation, the cadres revealed that they had planned to move to Khonsa for extortion activities alongwith the two OGWs. They further revealed that they were also in possession of four other weapons alongwith ammunition and had hidden the same in the dense jungle between Thumjiang and Nogna. Later, a search of the suspected area was carried out which led to recovery of the huge cache of arms and ammunition.

The OGW Janye Agi, who was driving the vehicle, is an acquaintance of self-styled Captain Ravi Wangnow, the wanted cadre in the killing of former MLA Tirong Aboh. The apprehended insurgents and OGWs alongwith recoveries have been handed over to Khonsa Police Station for further action.