Itanagar: A day after Anok Wangsa, a self-styled ‘Major’ of Naga insurgent group NSCN-IM, was nabbed by security forces, Rumi Hakhun — wife of Jalin Hakhun, who was one of the 11 persons including Khonsa West MLA Tirong Aboh killed in an ambush in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap district on May 21 — appealed the interrogating team to probe the locals who ‘bribed’ the rebel to execute the assassination.
Wangsa is reportedly the ‘deputy’ of self-styled ‘Major General’ of NSCN-IM Absolom Tangkhul, who is believed to be involved in the killing of MLA Aboh and 10 others.
“NSCN-IM murdered 11 people from Tirap and they did it for money,” Rumi told EastMojo on Monday.
Early on Sunday, in a joint operation of the Indian Army, Assam Rifles and Assam Police, Wangsa, an ‘area commander’ of the NSCN-IM of ‘Longding-Charaideo-Mon region’, was nabbed from a vehicle moving on the Namtola-Jampan axis. “Search of the vehicle yielded concealed weapons and ammunition,” said a defence spokesperson.
“Someone very powerful from our society is involved in this and I want the name to be revealed,” said Rumi. She went on to say that the person behind the whole incident must be punished under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Meanwhile, in a statement issued on Monday, the Army said that “based on specific information, a joint operation of Indian Army, Assam Rifles and Assam Police was carried out on Sunday which involved the search of a designated area and laying ambushes on suspected routes to intercept the movement of the cadre”.
“Around 3.30 am, one of the teams intercepted a vehicle which was moving on the Namtola-Jampan axis road in Charaideo district of Assam and immediately identified and apprehended the individual. Search of the vehicle yielded concealed weapons and ammunition,” the Army reports said.
The army added that the individual further confessed that he had hidden more weapons, ammunition and war-like stores in his house located near the Assam–Nagaland border.
The teams then carried out a detailed search of his house which resulted in recovery of large cache of arms, ammunition and war-like stores including one AK-56 Rifle, several pistols and cash amounting to more than Rs 5 lakh.
Meanwhile, Charaideo SP Anand Mishra told EastMojo that he had already informed his counterpart in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap district and a team from Khonsa (headquarters of Tirap district) will be arriving tomorrow [Tuesday] for interrogation.
Wangsa has been sent to two days’ police remand and a case has been registered in Namtola police station of Sivasagar district of Assam in this regard.