NSCN-IM condemns AR over series of raids, torture on cadres

NSCN-IM has stated the Cease Fire Monitoring Group (CFMG) should look into the matter with all seriousness to halt the arrest and raiding spree of the AR, and accordingly secure the unconditional release of Col Keewang Deosha.

Condemning the high-handedness of Assam Rifles (AR), NSCN-IM has stated the Cease Fire Monitoring Group (CFMG) should look into the matter with all seriousness to halt the arrest and raiding spree of the AR, and accordingly secure the unconditional release of Col Keewang Deosha.

A release by ministry of Information and Publicity stated that the “insipid and unruly” behavior of the AR never stops tormenting the Naga people. Recently, on October 12, the 34th AR brutally assaulted one NSCN cadre, 2nd Lieut Kennedy Lj near Don Bosco College, Maram in Senapati district without any provocation, it alleged.

The NSCN officer was not in possession of any detrimental documents or materials to warrant such an inhuman brutality. He was taken to AR battalion headquarters at Maram Bazaar and he was brutally tortured while being interrogated. He was set free only after the intervention of the civil societies, it added.

The release further said that another incident of unwarranted arrest took place at the hands of the 19th AR in the morning of October 14 at Jairampur, Changlang district, Arunachal Pradesh. Col. Keewang Deosha of the Naga Army was arrested without any provocation except for being a member of NSCN.

Earlier, on October 9, the 5th AR at around 9 pm raided the residence of a NSCN officer Lt Col Among at Signal Angami, Sector A, Dimapur. They took pictures of his personal documents including PAN card, Aadhaar card, ATM card and passbook. The same night, another group of the 5th AR raided the NSCN cadres' rented house at Signal Angami, Dimapur, said the release.

The unyielding AR has become a serious matter of indignation for the Naga people as they continue to show total disregard of the agreed ceasefire ground rules (CFGR), it added.

First Published:Oct. 16, 2020, 10:46 p.m.

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