A huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from the undesignated camp of the insurgent outfit NSCN(IM) in Manipur’s Tamenglong district on Friday night Credit: Twitter

Imphal: In a major breakthrough, the Indian Army on Friday night busted an undesignated camp of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah)-NSCN (IM) in Kekru Naga village in Manipur’s Tamenglong district.

According to an official report, the security forces launched a well-coordinated operation after receiving a specific input regarding NSCN (IM) rebels camping in village Kekru Naga under Nungba sub-division and carrying out illegal extortion activities in the area.

However, after seeing the troops advancing towards their hideout camp, NSCN-IM rebels fled the camp leaving huge quantities of arms and ammunition, uniforms and other warfare equipment, it said.

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The weapons found by the raiding team included an American-origin M16 assault rifle with 125 rounds, one self-loading rifle with 26 rounds and some AK series assault rifles, apart from other “warlike stores”

During the operation, one active member of the group was also apprehended.

“Immediate action is being taken to identify and dismantle such undesignated NSCN (IM) camps in Manipur and to stop atrocities as well as illegal activities of these cadres,” said the Army.

Over the years, the group and other insurgency organisations in the region have been accused of carrying out illegal extortions, killings and other subversive activities in the Northeast region.

In 1997, the Centre entered a truce with the Naga insurgent group for peace and signed a ceasefire pact; and since then, it has been maintaining cordial relations resulting the historic ‘Framework Agreement’ signed in August 2015 with PM Narendra Modi.

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