27th Assam Rifles apprehends 6 NSCN (IM) released as CSOs intervene at Namrei

In the early hours of Friday morning troops of 27th Assam Rifles (AR) of Ngahui post descended on NSCN IM cadres at Namrei village under Chingai Block and allegedly arrested 6 cadres of the group.

According to source, the 6 NSCN IM were surrounded and nabbed by the paramilitary around 3:00AM at Namrei village allegedly at a shelter house.

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According to the villagers, following the reports of AR arrest, Namrei Shanao Long (Women Union), and Namrei villagers intervened. The village was also joined by Razai khunou and Marangphung Shanao Long.

Tensions ran high in the ensuing altercation between the AR personnel and Shanao Long. The AR captain allegedly slapped the women secretary, Ms Sothingla Shatsang of the women union which resulted in her slapping back, the villagers said.

The Shanao Long has categorically stated that the high handedness of the AR Captain for resorting to physical assault against the civilian women representative is condamnable. The Shanao Long has requested higher authorities to look into the matter.

The three Shanao Longs in a press release said, Assam Rifles will be held responsible in the event that any villagers will be affect by COVID-19 because of the incident, the women union warned. As of now Namrei, Razai khunou and Marangphung villages are all green zone.

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At the time of filing this report, it has been informed that neighboring villages have been alerted and are heading towards Namrei to ease the situation.

On September 5, 34th Assam Rifles arrests a civilian in Senapati that led to disruption of highway connecting Manipur and Nagalnd. Section 50(1) CrPC, the right to know the grounds of arrest does not apply in Manipur. Assam Rifles is given special powers by the ministry of home affairs to search and arrest anyone without warrant in Northeast states of Nagaland, Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and Mizoram.

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