Kohima: Assam Rifles arrested 18 cadres of various Naga underground groups and seized huge quantity of arms, ammunition and fake-currency notes during the last three days in various districts of Nagaland.
PRO Inspector General Assam Rifles (North) Lt Col AS Chauhan on Tuesday said based on intelligence inputs regarding presence of underground cadres in Tuensang town, an operation was launched by troops of 23 Assam Rifles along with Nagaland Police yesterday and 10 cadres belonging to NSCN (Khole- Kitovi) and four cadres of NSCN (Khaplang) were arrested.
The team also seized from them 337 rounds of ammunition and fake currency notes with the face value of Rs 1.66 lakh, radio sets and `tax` collection receipts.
Chauhan said the cadres were involved in extortion, illegal `tax` collection and recruitment of youth in Tuensang district.
On August 25 in Zunheboto district, personnel of 21 Assam Rifles foiled an attempt NSCN (KK) to disturb peace and harmony in Zunheboto district by apprehending two cadres from Old Natha village.
He said the cadres were carrying arms and ammunition in the public place grossly violating Cease Fire Ground Rules.
In the third incident, 29 Assam Rifles launched a joint search operation along with Nagaland Police and apprehended an armed cadre of NSCN (IM).
On August 24, troops of 29 Assam Rifles and Nagaland Police apprehended a NNC/FGN cadre with four pistols, eight magazines, live rounds and one damaged hand grenade.
The apprehended underground cadres along with recovered weapons have been handed over to the police.