NSCN (IM) operative arrested

ITANAGAR, 29 Oct: An operative of the NSCN (IM), who was allegedly involved in planning an attack on security forces in Tirap district last year, was arrested, defence sources said on Thursday.

Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of Assam Rifles jawans and police personnel on Wednesday apprehended Dowang Wangsa, the self-styled sergeant of the outfit, from the district, they said.

The joint team recovered a pistol and ammunition from his possession, the sources said, adding that Wangsa is a close associate of self-styled colonel Apem Tangkhul, the operational commander of the NSCN (IM) in Tirap district, and self-styled major Victor Tangkhul of the outfit.

During interrogation, the insurgent admitted that he was involved in planning an ambush on security forces in Sanliam village of the district on 21 October last year, they said.

He was handed over to the Khonsa police station for further investigation, the sources added. (PTI)