Kohima, June 22: Security forces in Nagaland has nabbed the alleged mastermind in the killing of two Assam Rifles personnel and injuring four others in a gunfight in Mon district of Nagaland, a top Assam Rifles officer said Saturday.
“Indian Army, Special Forces, Assam Rifles and Intelligence Agencies have made a breakthrough in the apprehension of dreaded insurgent of NSCN (Khaplang-Yung Aung) faction, who have been instrumental in many brutal and heinous crimes including killing of two Assam Rifles soldiers,” said Major General Pradeep C Nair, the Inspector General of Assam Rifles – IGAR(North) while briefing media persons.
He said that in the aftermath of the cowardly ambush on an Assam Rifles convoy in general area Tobu, Mon district of Nagaland on May 25 last in which two soldiers were martyred, troops of the Indian Army, Special Forces and Assam Rifles launched sustained military operations in all dimensions to nab the perpetrators of the crime.
A multi layered strategy was orchestrated to ensure that justice is served with intelligence across spectrum for identification of their hideout, he said.
He said that GOC-in-C Eastern Command, Lt Gen MM Naravane visited the forward areas on June 5 to exhort the troops for ensuring relentless operations to nab the culprits involved in the ambush against the Assam Rifles. The GOC-in-C had also announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakhs to anyone who would provide information regarding the insurgents involved, he said.
The IGAR(N) said that the operations by personnel of Indian Army, Special Forces & Assam Rifles with assistance from local population was the defining factor of this successful operation. The cash reward announced for information regarding these insurgents led to many good inputs from the local population.
A ground-input was received regarding presence of these insurgents in the general area of Aboi in Mon District and additional check points were established all over the area to swarm the target area by day break of Friday, he said.
The IGAR said that at 11:20 am on June 21, Assam Rifles troops clearly identified the vehicle they were travelling and in a swift clinical operation were able to apprehend ‘self styled’ Maj Gen Yanghan alias Mopa.
He informed that Mopa is the highest ranking cadre of NSCN (Khaplang-Yung Aung) faction in India besides being the chief architect of extortion and is a perpetrator of many heinous crimes.
Expressing that this operation has been a massive victory for all the Security Forces and the State Government, the IGAR(N) said “we resolve to continue in our relentless operations to protect all the citizens from this bane of terrorism”.
He also appealed to all the cadres to give up this futile course of violence and join the initiative of the Government of India in its ceasefire efforts to bring peace and development in our region. (Page News Service)