Guwahati, July 15, 2019:

A major breakthrough in the conduct of a highly successful surgical operation resulting in the apprehension of the hardcore NSCN-IM area commander of Longding-Charaideo-Mon region was carried out on Monday.

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Based on specific information, a joint operation of Indian Army, Assam Rifles and Assam Police was carried out yesterday, resulting in the apprehension of Self Styled Major Anok Wangsa, the area Commander of NSCN-IM.

The operation was launched in the early hours of 14 July 2019, which involved a search of a designated area and laying of ambushes on suspected routes to intercept the movement of the cadre. At around 03:30 AM, one of the teams intercepted a vehicle which was moving on the Namtola – Jampan Axis and immediately identified and apprehended the individual. Search of the vehicle yielded concealed weapons and ammunition.

The accused confirmed that he had hidden more weapons, ammunition and war like stores in his house located on Assam-Nagaland border.

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The teams then carried out a detailed search of his house which resulted in the recovery of a large cache of arms, ammunition, and warlike stores to include one AK-56 Rifle, many pistols and more than Rupees five Lakh in cash.

The apprehended individual is the deputy of Self Styled Major General Absolom Tangkhul of NSCN (IM) who is believed to be involved in the killing of MLA Tirong Aboh.

The apprehension of this individual has been greatly welcomed by the locals of districts of Mon (Nagaland), Longding (Arunachal Pradesh) and Charaideo (Assam).

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