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Manipur truck looting case | Three NSCN (K) cadres nabbed

Silchar/Imphal, September 24: Three cadres of the S.S. Khaplang faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) allegedly involved in the abduction of truck drivers from Manipur were arrested by Assam Rifles from New Kaiphundai in Tamenglong district last night.

The Kadamtala battalion of Assam Rifles in association with the Manipur Police arrested the three about 200 km from Silchar.

Last Friday, the cadres had allegedly looted at least 20 Assam-bound trucks and had abducted a driver from National Highway-37 Makru in Ukhrul district, about 283 km from where they were arrested.

“The driver was abducted for refusing to pay extortion money demanded by them. The cadres had also resorted to firing of at least 10-15 rounds to intimidate the truck drivers during the incident,” Assam Rifles informed.

The arrests were made along with the Manipur Police and sophisticated weapons — two US-made M series Assault rifles — three grenades and 425 rounds of live ammunition were recovered from them.

The NH-37, being the sole route to Barak Valley in southern Assam from Manipur, has been prone to crimes such as extortion, kidnapping and illegal tax collection By insurgent groups such as NSCN (K), United Tribal Liberation Army-Progressive and cadres of the Isak Muivah faction of NSCN.

Recently, two employees of Coastal Construction Company last September 5 were abducted from this route by UTLA-P.

Recently, four active cadres of Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF), including its secretary of HR and Welfare, were apprehended along with arms and ammunition from village Ramgaijang, which lies along NH-37, in Cachar district of Assam.

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