The Army on Monday busted an illegal detention centre allegedly run by the NSCN(IM) in Dimapur in Nagaland and rescued two persons who were abducted by the outfit and kept in chained state there.
The ‘detention centre’ located in a house inn village Sitikipasha under Diphupar police station in Dimapur is the third such illegal centre that the Assam Rifles – a para-military force engaged in counter-insurgency operations in the hill state – have busted in the past four months.
A press release issued by the Assam Rifles in Kohima said two persons – Tino Konyak (28) and Imti Sunep Ao (43) – were kept chained on their feet for several days under sub-human conditions. While Konyak was abducted from Mon district, Ao was abducted from Dimapur, the press release said.
The search operation, carried out by troops of the 29 Assam Rifles, also led to the apprehension of three NSCN(IM) cadres – Rengamo Patton (35), Shulemong (33), and Zato Zhimo (30) – who were later handed over to the police. Many incriminating documents related to kidnapping/extortion alongwith one Maruti Alto car with fake number plate were also recovered.
“This incident has once again brought to fore the high-handedness and utter disregard to human values by NSCN (IM) and running of a parallel judicial system by the outfit in the garb of moral policing.
The detainees in these detention centers are chained, physically beaten up and kept under deplorable conditions. This highlights the impunity with which NSCN (IM) are violating the Ceasefire Ground Rules leading to vitiating the peaceful environment,” the Assam Rifles press release said.