The suspected members of the extremist National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang-Yung Aung) allegedly abducted 3 construction workers from Arunachal Pradesh.
Where two of them are still with the group, another was released by the extremist on the evening of February 1.
Arunachal workers abducted by NSCN:
Around five to six cadres belonging to the banned NSCN (K-YA) came to the labourers camp located between Longkhaw and Pumao villages under Pumao circle on January 31.
According to the police, the extremists took the trio captive at gunpoint from the campsite of construction of the Pumao-Langkhow road in Arunachal Pradesh’s Longding district. They were taken to the adjoining Mon district of Nagaland bordering Myanmar, where the NSCN (K-YA) is based.
The extremists released Bangphua Wangpan, who is from a village in Longding. The other two, Hiren Koch and Ramasish Mahato, are from Assam and West Bengal.
One of the police officers said, “An operation has been launched along the Arunachal-Nagaland border in coordination with the army to rescue the captives.”
Various factions of the NSCN have been active in the Longding, Tirap and Changlang districts of Arunachal Pradesh for more than two decades. They have often resorted to extortion and abduction for ransom, the police said.
The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) is a Naga nationalist separatist group operating mainly in Northeast India, with minor activities in northwest Myanmar (Burma) until 2012. The main aim of the organisation is to establish a sovereign Naga state, “Nagalim”, which would consist of all the areas inhabited by the Naga people in Northeast India and northwest Myanmar. The NSCN’s slogan is “Nagaland for Christ”.
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