Nagaland: Two NSCN (R) cadres nabbed in govt official abduction case


DIMAPUR, February 5, 2018: Two cadres of the NSCN (R), in connection to the abduction of a Nagaland state government official on December 3, 2017 were arrested by the Dimapur police.

In a press release, Dimapur police said that the arrests were made on two different occasions in January following weeks of "extensive surveillance".

According to police account, three persons were involved in the robbery and abduction that took place on 12 December at night. The three entered the residence of Imtilepden Pongener, Secretary, Development Authority of Nagaland located behind the Naga Shopping Arcade complex in Dimapur. The intruders after intimidating the official and his wife "for not attending their phone calls and for non compliance of their demand for money" robbed cash amounting to Rs.1,17,000 along with 5 mobile handsets and the key of the official's government vehicle, the police release said.

Police said that Pogener was blind folded and was taken away in his own private car to a secluded spot at Naharbari on the bank of the Dhansiri River where he was assaulted. The abductors then left him bound and confined in his car at the spot where he was found by local residents the next morning.

In the manhunt that followed, the police arrested one of the abductors identified as Aboto Achumi (27 years) on January 17. Three days later on January 20, another of the suspects identified as "the other prime accused" Kenneth G. Chishi (31 years) was arrested. The police described the former as "S.O. Civil Wing" of the NSCN (R) and the latter as "Dy. Secy. Civil Wing" of the NSCN (R).

According to the police, Chishi was earlier a secretary of the Anti-Corruption and Crime Investigation Front, Nagaland state unit. The Front's Nagaland unit was "busted by the Dimapur Police in 2017 for illegal activities," it stated.

Source: The Morung Express

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