Rampant extortion by NSCN (R) in Aruchal
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, Jan 5: Rampant extortion by NSCN (Reformation) is going on in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts as security forces along with state police arrested two of its cadres from Kheti village of Tirap district on Sunday last.
The personnel of 1st Assam Rifles, Assam Rifles Field Intelligence Unit and state police conducted a joint search operation at Kheti village which led to arrest of the two NSCN (R) cadres who have been identified as SS Lt Wingan Agan (26) and SS Sergeant Damwang Bangsia, both from Tirap district.
One assault rifle, one automatic pistol with ammunition, extortion notes and receipt/letter head of NSCN (R) were recovered from them, an official report said here today.
The local residents on condition of anonymity said that these cadres had been threatening local people and carrying out rampant extortion. They also said that all the reformation group members including their leadership in the district of Longding, Tirap and Changlang have started threatening local people and also carrying out forced recruitment of cadres and extortion, the report said.
This is the second successful operation launched by 1st Assam Rifles in Tirap district.
In an earlier operation carried out on November 19 last year, security forces recovered one automatic pistol, ammunition, round stamp and appointment stamp of NSCN (R) faction, extortion money and several undelivered and delivered extortion notes on the faction’s letter head addressed to public and government officials were recovered from Kheti village. The NSCN (R) was formed post abrogation of ceasefire by NSCN (Khaplang).
Since April last year, the NSCN (R) is attempting to establish its base in the districts of Longding, Tirap and Changlang. The ‘Reformation’ group is now extensively involved in extortion in the form of tax collection and they are not sparing any section of the society be it poor villagers, government employees, business community, unemployed and school administration, the report added.