Dimapur, August 10: The Assam Rifles has condemned what it alleged was the “malicious reportage” in a section of the local media accusing AR troops of assaulting women in Zunheboto.
“Assam Rifles strongly rejects the claims as a malicious attempt at maligning the image of Assam Rifles,” it said in a press release.
The AR clarified that on August 7 based on specific input of presence of an armed cadre of NSCN (K-YA) faction in general area Project Colony, Zunheboto, troops of Assam Rifles launched an operation 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,” it claimed.
The AR said one Hito Sumi was 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.”
The AR reiterated that its troops exercised absolute restraint and did not harm or assault anyone among the public with rifle butts as alleged. It said 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,” it said.
The AR also claimed that ‘ss’ Capt Hito Sumi is a brown sugar addict and a TB patient. It added that the photo of Hito being circulated on social media with several stitches on his head has been “falsely represented”. “Mr Hito is currently admitted in the hospital with police guard and is being treated for substances abuse addiction and tuberculosis ailment,” it said.
Stating that all operations by Security Forces in Nagaland are carried out in an ethical manner within strict rules and regulations that are in place, the AR appealed to the general public for cooperation while performing their bonafide duty and not fall prey to “misinformation” being circulated in social media.
The release added that reports of arrest of ‘ss’ Capt Hito Sumi already appeared in the media on August 10. (Page News Service)