Nagaland: Assam Rifles refutes allegations of assaulting women in Zunheboto

Nagaland: Assam Rifles refutes allegations of assaulting women in Zunheboto

KOHIMA | Aug 10, 2019:

The Assam Rifles on Saturday has refuted claims of AR personnel being involved in assaulting some youths and women in Zunheboto town in Nagaland on August 7.

Reacting strongly to the allegations, the AR has termed the claims as
"a malicious attempt at maligning the image of the Assam Rifles.".

In a clarification issued on Saturday, AR said that on August 7, based on specific input of presence of an armed cadre of NSCN (K-Yung Aung) faction in general area Project Colony, Zunheboto, troops of Assam Rifles launched an operation at around 5:30 pm along with a police representative from Zunhebhoto police station. On reaching the intended location it was observed that the locals, women included, were beating up an individual.

"The Assam Rifles troops then intervened to save this individual…

"…Mr Hito Sumi then also spotted in the crowd and apprehended. The crowd then turned violent and began pulling out the apprehended cadre from the custody of Assam Rifles. Exercising absolute restraint, the troops managed to move the armed cadre away from the mob to a secure location where the individual was found to be in possession of a 9mm Pistol. On questioning him it was revealed that he was a SS Capt of NSCN (K-YA) faction."

They reiterated that the Assam Rifles troops exercised "absolute restraint and did not harm or assault anyone among the public with rifle butts as is being alleged."

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The apprehended cadre was neither tortured nor ill-treated prior to handing him over to Zunheboto Police Station. This has been confirmed by a doctor from the District Hospital at Zunheboto, read the release.

Furthermore, the AR claimed that SS Capt Hito Sumi is a brown sugar addict and a TB patient. After his arrest on 07th August, signs of withdrawal symptoms were noticed and he had to be admitted for medical attention (which was due to lack of his daily dose of brown sugar) while stating that the photo of Hito being circulated on social media with several stitches on his head has been falsely represented.

"Hito is currently admitted in the hospital with police guard and is being treated for substances abuse addiction and tuberculosis ailment," read the release.

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"All operations by Security Forces in Nagaland are carried out in an ethical manner within strict rules and regulations that are in place. Utmost regard to human rights and safeguards enshrined by the law are also respected," it further stated.

Assam Rifles has appealed to the general public for cooperation while performing their "bonafide" duty and not fall prey to the misinformation being circulated in the social media that purportedly aims at tarnishing its image.

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