Itanagar: A hardcore NSCN-IM cadre was arrested during a joint operation by security forces including Assam Rifles from trouble-torn Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh.
Self-styled Sergeant Major Wangpan Mophuk alias Sina Mophuk was arrested from Khonsa, the district headquarters on Friday during a well planned operation, an official communiqué said here on Sunday.
Extortion money was also seized from his possession. On interrogation the arrested rebel who hailed from Longbo Village in the district said that he had joined NSCN-K in 1999 and later shifted to NSCN-IM in 2003.
He was also involved in issuing threats and collecting extortion from locals in Khonsa, the communiqué said.
In a separate incident, AR personnel also caught a drug peddler from Noglo in the district on Friday and seized about 750 gram opium from his possession.
The drug peddler Thowang Homtok was arrested during a routine check of state transport bus.