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Dimapur Police, Assam Rifles rescue kidnapped person, 11 held

Of the 11 arrested, nine are military wing cadres of NSCN/GPRN faction, the police said.

DIMAPUR:

The Dimapur police and Assam Rifles, in a joint operation, rescued a kidnapped person from Padumpukhuri area here on February 5.

The team also arrested 11 accused, including nine of NSCN/GPRN (Akato Chophy) faction’s military wing cadres, and seized arms and ammunition besides other items from them.

The arrested have been identified as Isato Aye (36), Niputo Zhimomi (28), Kakugha Zhimomi (30), Kughalu Chishi (42), Vikishe Ayemi (58), Hukato Chophy (49), Avika Chophy (37), Tokato Awomi (32), David Yepthomi (40), Lokho Leriena Mao (34) and Awoto Awomi (18).

According to the police, at around 9.30 am on February 5, four unidentified persons came to the house of the victim, Mon Bahadur Chetri alias Temjen Jamir, son of Inder Bahadur Chetri, a resident of Ahmed Husain Road Dimapur, and abducted him. They demanded ransom of Rs 1 lakh from his parents for his release.

After receiving the information, a team of the Dimapur Police and Assam Rifles conducted a joint operation at Block-5, Lane-4, Padumpukhuri. On reaching the suspected house, a cordon-and-search operation was conducted at the residence of Benito Chophy, self-styled deputy kilonser (minister) of NSCN (Akato Chophy) group, and Mon Bahadur was rescued.

During the operation, the cadres along with two civilians too were arrested. A case has been registered at East police station, Dimapur, in this connection.

One .22 pistol with magazine, one .32 pistol with magazine, one letterhead of NSCN (Akato Chophy) group (promotion order), besides other items such as smart phones were seized from them.

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