Kohima, July 7 : In a major blow to the insurgent groups,the Indian Army has dismantled an undesignated hideout of the insurgent group NSCN (IM) at Kekru Naga Village in Manipur.The operation was carried out following specific inputs regarding the camp after reports that members of insurgent group NSCN are involved in illegal from people from the area.
The NSCN (IM), the largest insurgency group in the north-east, has a ceasefire with the centre and it has to report the location of all its camps to the Army.
“An undesignated and unauthorised hideout of NSCN (IM) was busted on July 6 by the Army troops at Kekru Naga village in Manipur. Based on a specific input regarding NSCN (IM) cadres camping in Kekru Naga and carrying out illegal extortion, a well-coordinated operation was launched on the night of July 5,” the Army said in a statement.
The weapons found included an American-origin M16 assault rifle with 125 rounds, one self-loading rifle with 26 rounds and some AK series assault rifles, apart from other “warlike stores”.
“However, seeing the troops advancing toward their camp, the cadres fled leaving huge amount of arms, ammunition, uniform and other war-like stores,” the Army said.
A member of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) was detained while he was trying to hide among people in plainclothes, the Army said.