- Tanu Bulo, Arunachal Pradesh
On Monday July 26, a joint operation conducted by the security forces and the state police, have successfully apprehended two Myanmar residents belonging to the NCSN (K-YA) from Lazu in Tirap district.
Acting on specific inputs, the Khonsa battalion of the Assam Rifles (AR) along with a team from the Lazu police station launched a special operation on 24 July, at around 9 PM.
According to an Assam Rifles source, on July 26, the team cordoned off a jhum hut and conducted a search operation at 1 am, which led to the arrest of the cadres. Identified as self-styled (SS) sergeant, Major Komthok Ngongpa (37) and SS private Chungaung (27), both the militants are natives of Myanmar’s Nyamyong district.
According to the District Information & Public Relations Office (DIPRO), a huge quantity of arms and ammunition, including two .32 mm pistols, 1,500 grams of IED, live ammunitions of AK 47, .32 mm pistols, a 9 mm pistol, and miscellaneous items like ration, clothing and NSCN documents were retrieved from their possession.
“During on-spot interrogation, the duo revealed that they had been asked to infiltrate into the Indian territory in Lazu to carry out extortion activities and execute sabotage and nefarious activities against the security forces in south Arunachal by SS lieutenant colonel Thokwang Hodong, a resident of Lazu village,” – asserted by the Commanding Officer (CO) of the 6 AR said in a press release.
Reportedly, Ngongpa was a personal bodyguard of Hodong. “Both the operatives acted as a reconnaissance party for selection of a suitable area to plant an improvised explosive device (IED) against the security forces and cause casualties to the security forces between Sanliam village and Barab Nala before 15 August, 2021,” the release said.
Reportedly, the duo succeeded in extorting money from Raho and Sinnu villages. “They were apprehended by security forces before they could carry out extortion in other villages and plant IED against the security forces,” the release said.
“The arrest of these two hardcore militants has dealt a serious blow to the nefarious activities of the banned outfit in Tirap district and prevented huge amount of hard-earned money of the villagers to be collected and further going into the accounts of the NSCN (K-YA) leaders,” it said.
This development occurred after the recent exchange of fire between security forces and the NSCN (K-YA) in Noglo village. Here, the villagers had come out in explicit support of the security forces and had raised slogans against the NSCN (K-YA) faction.
The apprehended insurgents, along with the recoveries, have been handed over to the Lazu police station for further interrogation.