Two NSCN cadres identified as Lt Wingan Agan (26) and Sergeant Damwang Bangsia were arrested from Kheti village in Tirap district, Arunachal Pradesh for alleged extortion, according to official reports.
The operation was conducted by the Personnel of 1st Assam Rifles, Assam Rifles Field Intelligence Unit and state police on Sunday which led to the arrest of these two cadres.
One assault rifle, one automatic pistol with ammunition, extortion notes and receipt/letter head of NSCN(R) were recovered from them, according to reports.
According to Local residents these cadres and their leaders have been threatening local people and carrying out rampant extortion and forced recruitment in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts.
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) has been 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.
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