Chandel Naga Peoples Organisation (CNPO) informed that the women identified as Kh. Pellin alias Gracy suspected to be a drug trafficker from Thamla Khuren was arrested for interrogation on March 13.

A release signed by president, Paulhirng Langhu and general secretary, Huten Alexender stated that as per the clarification issued dated March 15 by the Thamla Khuren Village Authority, she was into unlawful activities of drug peddling for the past many years and a habitual offender against society. She habitually involved in anti social activities and was repeatedly warned to distance from her wrong habit to safe guard the youths from drug menace, it said adding she was picked due to her arrogant behaviour.

The release further said that the civil voluntary organisations of Chandel strongly disagree to the report against NSCN (IM) cadres who were portrayed as kidnappers, it said. In fact, the NSCN (IM) having received information about drug trafficking in the vicinity of Thamla Khuren Village near Palled bazaar arrested KH. Pellin for interrogation to expose the involvement of influential persons harbouring the unlawful activities, it further said.

Before she could be released, her associate had reported to the Indian Security Forces and in the ensuing circumstances, the NSCN (IM) cadres relented to 18 Assam Rifles without any firing incidents for respecting the agreed ceasefire ground rules between the Government of India and NSCN (IM), it said.

“Thus, expressing our concern to eradicate drug menace and drug abuse, we appreciate the NSCN (IM) for taking measure to prevent any anti-social activities in the district. In this regard, the Chandel civil society organisations advocate any actions to reprimand any drug trafficker for sensitising drug free environment.”

The government of India must support any exercise to sensitise the society from drug menace, it further said. The negotiating authority representing GOI is urged to advice the security agencies in the Norhteast region to maintain operational agreed ceasefire ground rules, it added.



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