Asserting the act of NSCN-IM a serious violation of ceasefire ground rules, the PRO Inspector General Assam Rifles (IGAR) in a statement warned that “the onus for further escalation rests with the NSCN (IM) hierarchy if the unauthorised camp is not vacated immediately”, cautioned the statement.
Asom Gana Parishad member Pabindra Deka alleged that a conspiracy is being hatched to exploit the North East and doubted if the special power was being granted to the paramilitary force to counter the protests against the controversial Citizenship Bill.
According to a Home Ministry notification, “an officer of the rank corresponding to that of the lowest rank of members of the Assam Rifles” has been given these powers under the Code of Criminal Procedure.
Abdul Gaffar, 40, of Lilong Usoipokpi, Thoubal district was allegedly picked up by a combined team of Manipur police commandos and 26th Assam Rifles personnel in the wee hour of Thursday from his residence.
Major General Virendra Singh, Head of Assam Rifles in Manipur along with Maj General K P Singh met and CM and told him about the force's commitment to counter insurgency operations and to establish peace in the border state, it said.