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KOHIMA: Five civilians including two student leaders hailing from Khutsami village under Phek district were picked up on Sunday evening by the Assam Rifles from Old MLA Junction area on suspicion of being cadres where they were reportedly taken to their camp at D-Block colony, interrogated and brutally assaulted.
According to sources,they were buying groceries after visiting relatives at a hospital whereas the other three civilians were in a maroon Bolero going to the market to buy eggs.
The two student leaders and the other three civilians were not related to each other in any way, sources added. Meanwhile, the Bolero reportedly belonged to the personal secretary of a parliamentary secretary.
The civilians were released only on Monday afternoon after the Chakhesang Students Union (CSU) intervened and secured their release.
According to sources, the Assam Rifles alleged that the civilians and students were picked up on grounds of suspicion that they were NSCN (K) cadres out to 'plant explosives in the area.'