NSCN man arrested from Tirap district

Itanagar: One Wangkhu Wangsa, a self-styled sergeant major of NSCN (K-YA) involved in the ambush of a Assam Rifles convoy in Arunachal Pradesh’s Longding district in 2016, was arrested by the security forces and police from Tirap district on Wednesday.

Tirap Superintendent of Police Kardak Riba said Wangsa of the NSCN (K-YA) was arrested following a joint operation conducted by the Assam Rifles and local police between Dadam and Muktwa villages in Tirap district of Arunachal on Wednesday night.

Two soldiers of 16 Assam Rifles, including a junior commissioned officer, were killed, while eight others were injured in an ambush that took place near Nginu village in Longding district on December 03, 2016.

The Assam Rifles column was returning from a routine patrol when they came under heavy fire from the insurgents.

“On Wednesday morning we received information from our sources that Wangsa was coming to Muktwa village to extort money from the local residents. We accordingly informed the Assam Rifles and carried out a search operation after which we arrested him around 11.15 pm,” Riba said, adding that another person with him managed to flee.

The SP said on further interrogation and correspondence with other police stations, it was ascertained that the NSCN (K-YA) man was wanted by Longding police in the 2016 ambush case.

“Wangsa was wanted by the Tirap police for extortion cases and a case under section 384 of the Indian Penal Code read with Section 10/23 Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act has been registered against him for now at Dadam Police Station. As the case at the Longding police station is of more significance, he will be handed over to the Longding police soon,” the SP said.    

Wangsa, a native of Kaimoi village in Longding district, has been sent to 14 days of judicial custody for now.

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