AR rescues kidnapped woman, nabs captors
IMPHAL: A quick response team of Chandel Battalion on Wednesday rescued a woman from New Wangparal village in Chandel district who had been abducted by NSCN-IM cadres on Tuesday afternoon.
Two of the NSCN (IM) cadres involved in the abduction were also apprehended, informed a PRO IGAR (S) statement, that identified the captive NSCN-IM members as self-styled Lt Colonel Justin Khapai from GHQ Hebron of NSCN (IM) and self-styled Sergeant Korungthang of AC Battalion Chandel. One AK 47 rifle, one magazine and 27 live rounds of AK 47 Rifle were recovered from their possession.
According to the PRO, Chandel AR Company Commander received specific input from the villagers around 2.30 pm Wednesday regarding the presence of two armed cadres of NSCN(IM) in a school building of New Wangparal along with a woman in blindfold who had reportedly been abducted a day prior from her village, Thamlakhuren.
The Battalion immediately launched a search and rescue operation under the supervision of Pallel Company Commander and reached the village where the woman and the kidnappers were reported to be present at around 5.30 pm.
The armed NSCN (IM) cadres were taken by surprise by the troops of AR and ran into a nearby ditch, while responding to the chasing security team with firepower. Despite the provocation and grave danger to their own lives, the AR team maintained restraint and did not fire back, fearing loss of life and property of the civilians. Later, the cadres were finally cornered and asked to surrender, following which they were apprehended.
The swift and timely action of the team of Chandel Battalion led to the rescue of the kidnapped victim in record time along with apprehension of the criminals. Equally important is the commendable restraint displayed by the AR men in the face of grave provocation and firing by the NSCN (IM) criminals that ensured no casualty or damage to property of the villagers, the PRO said. The two cadres were then handed over to Chandel Police. An FIR has been lodged against them for kidnapping, attempt to murder and under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for being in possession of restricted calibre weapon and ammunition. On initial investigation, the victim revealed that few more cadres of NSCN(IM) were also involved in the crime.
Further investigation by the Chandel Police is under progress, the PRO conveyed.