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Kohima: Nagaland Police has arrested three suspects in the killing of self-styled Lt Col Toishe Yeptho of Naga insurgent group NSCN-IM, which took place at his residence in Unity Colony, Purana Bazar-B of Dimapur in Nagaland on on August 16.

Confirming this to EastMojo, the chairman of the Cease Fire Monitoring Group (CFMG) and Ceasefire Supervisory Board (CFSB), Lt Gen (Retd) Shokin Chauhan, said that the three accused were arrested by the Nagaland Police.

However, the recently-terminated NSCN-R kilonser-cum-UT1 supervisor, Khekato Kinny who is also allegedly said to be involved in the killing, was not arrested till the filing of this report. Chauhan assured that Kinny will soon be arrested.

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“If they are found to have murdered somebody, then they will face the law of the land and trial for murder,” he added.

When asked about what action the CFMG had taken after the group clash, Chauhan said that to ensure peace and non-violence, both NSCN (IM) and NSCN (Reformation) were called for a dialogue separately. “We guided NSCN (R) to carry out detailed internal inquiry and if [anyone is] found guilty, [then] hand it over to the police,” Chauhan said.

However, the identity of the three arrested persons was not disclosed. Confirming the arrest, additional superintendent of police and PRO Dimapur Relo Aye told EastMojo that it’s been a while since the three were arrested although he made no mention of the time and date.

As investigations are on, Aye refrained from mentioning the association of the three with any political group and further said that the police department will be issuing official statements in a day or two.

Meanwhile, in regard to the incident of Assam Rifles picking up innocent civilians at gunpoint for interrogation over mistaken identity as reported by EastMojo on June 7, Chauhan said: “I have no such report that the Assam Rifles had done this. There is no group that has reported.”

When asked about who can file a report, he said: “Anybody can report. They can report to me officially, I can take immediate action… I don’t take suo motu action… But we are very clear that we will not allow any ceasefire violation.”

“Nobody is allowed to pick up citizens — not Assam Rifles, not the police. Nobody by law is allowed to pick up anybody who is innocent,” he added.

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