Kohima: Amid the ongoing ceasefire and peace talks between the Union government and the Government of People’s Republic of Nagalim (GPRN), an Assam Rifles ‘Captain’ was allegedly ‘captured’ and his weapon ‘seized’ by GPRN’s ‘Naga Army’ following a clash at Tahamzam, the headquarters of Senapati district, in Manipur on Thursday, as per reliable sources.
However, following intervention from some of the local residents, both the Captain and his weapon were reportedly released later in the day.
The surprising development came to the fore when some personnel from Assam Rifles, led by a Captain, started chasing some members belonging to the Naga Army. In the ensuing clash, the Assam Rifles Captain was allegedly overpowered by the Naga Army. The Captain was then ‘captured’ and his weapon taken away, said sources.
However, the sources further informed that the Captain of the Assam Rifles was released later following intervention of locals on ‘humanitarian grounds’. The weapon, which was taken away by the Naga Army, was also released later following requests from some of the civil society members.
Sources informed EastMojo that the incident took place when the jawans of the Assam Rifles were busy launching a Road Opening Party (ROP), which is a normal thing in such areas.
“While conducting patrolling in the area, one of the jawans of the Assam Rifles spotted some miscreants with a weapon. The Assam Rifles personnel started chasing the miscreants, who ran away in different directions. While chasing them, a Captain was caught by the civilians in the locality and was interrogated. However, he was released later,” the sources added.
Informing that the weapon, which was taken away from the Captain, was in the custody of the locals there, the sources further said that the villagers in the locality also demanded the arrival of one of the senior officers of the Assam Rifles to reach the spot and collect the weapon. Accordingly, the Assam Rifles Captain was released later and the weapon was also handed over to one of the senior officers , the sources added.