5 NSCN cadres held with arms, two hostages rescued

by IANS |

Guwahati/Kohima, Oct 14 (IANS) Amid ongoing talks between the Centre and Naga outfits in Delhi, five cadres of the different factions of the NSCN have been arrested in Nagaland and Assam with arms and ammunition and two hostages freed, defence officials said on Thursday.

A defence spokesman said that the security forces, in a joint operation with police apprehended four cadres of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Niki Sumi group from Daba Gaon in Nagaland's Dimapur district.

Two people, kidnapped by these cadres from Mishikito, were also rescued and various incriminating documents were recovered from the militants.

The spokesman said that in another joint operation by the army and police, an active member of the NSCN-Isak-Muivah was apprehended near Tinkopani Reserve Forest in Assam's Tinsukia district, and a 7.65 mm pistol with three rounds, one safety fuse, one detonator and 250 gm explosive recovered from him.

All the five apprehended NSCN militants have been handed over to the police.

Meanwhile, NSCN-IM, leaders led by Thuingaleng Muivah, are now holding meetings with Centre's interlocutor A.K. Mishra in New Delhi. Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio reportedly participated in one of the meetings last week.

Mishra recently held a series of meetings in Nagaland with the NSCN-IM leaders, various Naga groups and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Nagaland's Rio.

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