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Kohima:Days after the NSCN-IM condemned the “high-handedness” of the Assam Rifles (AR) seeking the intervention of the Cease Fire Monitoring Group (CFMG) to “halt the arrest and raiding spree”, the AR has denied the allegations claiming to be “indulging in activities in contravention of Ceasefire ground rules”.

Through the PRO IGAR(N), the AR on Tuesday said that the NSCN-IM had “falsely accused Security Forces of brutality and high handedness towards Naga people”.

“The statement that action against NSCN(IM) is towards Naga people cannot be farther from the truth,” said the AR. It added that the security forces have “never apprehended any innocent civilians and have only acted against cadres of insurgent groups, indulging in activities in contravention of Ceasefire ground rules”.

Referring to the October 9 operations, the security forces clarified that a joint operation was carried out with the Police based on complaints received from the public regarding the presence of armed military wing cadres of NSCN-IM in Signal Angami Area in Dimapur, which was in “violation of the Ceasefire ground rules”.

The AR said that in the interest of public safety, the inputs were verified and the security forces completed the operation and obtained a No-Objection – Certificate.

So far the October 12 incident that took place in Maram, Senapati District of Manipur is concerned, the AR said that the local battalion prevented a group of nine NSCN-IM cadres from forcefully collecting illegal taxation from the transporters near Don Bosco School.

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It said that self style 2nd Lt Kennedy had attempted to hit one of the on-duty AR soldier who was performing his “duties under sovereign protection of AFSPA 1958 and jumped into the bushes”.

This prevented the security forces from carrying out their bonafide military duties within statutory powers, it said. Exercising maximum restraint, it said that the AR prevented the situation from escalating by apprehending the individual and handing over to Senapati Police Station.

“The local CSOs even gave an undertaking that the NSCN(IM) cadre was in a medically fit state and the cadre himself too promised the Security Forces that such illegal taxation would not be carried out in future,” it said.

In regard to another incident that took place on October 14 at 17th Mile, Jairampur, Changlang District under Arunachal Pradesh, it said that the military wing cadres of the NSCN-IM were also prevented from carrying out forceful illegal taxation by Security Forces.

It reiterated that all operations were carried out by security forces under the statutory obligation to prevent any ceasefire violation and to maintain peace in the area.

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