September 19, 2014 6:57:31 pm
Two days after police unearthed an illegal “tax” racket allegedly run by the NSCN(IM) through some transport companies in Nagaland, security forces have busted an illegal “detention centre” that was being run for more than seven years by the same group.
Security forces which had launched an operation based on specific information, busted the illegal “detention centre” on Wednesday evening at a locality called Half Nagarjan on the outskirts of Dimapur and rescued two persons who were found tied with heavy chains around their ankles there.
Giving this information, Guwahati-based Defence PRO Lt Col Suneet Newton said the two persons who were rescued from the “detention camp” were identified as Rinthar Tangkhul (36) of Ukhrul (Manipur) and Chuba Ao (25) of Mokokchung (Nagaland). “The detainees were being confined under most inhuman and despicable conditions. These detainees informed the search party that the ‘detention centre’ was being run by six military wing cadres of NSCN(IM) led by one self-styled Captain Hoito Sumi,” Lt Col Newton said.
While all the six persons who were present in the house admitted on apprehension that they belonged to the NSCN(IM), they also confessed that the “detention camp” was there for seven years. “On further investigation it emerged that the ‘detention centre’ has been in existence for seven years and was used as a base for carrying out extortion, abductions, kidnappings, collection of ransom apart from serving as a place for illegal confinement,” the Defence PRO said.
Interestingly, the NSCN(IM) was found involved in such activities despite its leaders engaging themselves in peaceful negotiations with the government of India for the past 17 years.
Lt Col Newton also informed that all these illegal activities are being carried out in Dimapur by the NSCN(IM) under the code-name “Operation Acceleration Dimapur Town” and it was headed by one self-styled Lt Col Nagaho. “During the search of the ‘detention centre’, a number of incriminating documents were found. These included illegal tax collection slips, work permit cards, vehicle documents of individuals from whom money was being extorted, details of target businessmen etc,” he added.
Earlier this week, the police had unearthed a a well-organized network of illegal taxation on transport and commercial vehicles which was reportedly controlled by the NSCN(IM). The “tax” was collected with the help of as many as 17 transport and goods companies operating from Dimapur, the commercial hub and only railways head of Nagaland.
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