GUWAHATI: Assam Rifles and the Nagaland police in a joint crackdown arrested two members of the Niki Sumi faction of NSCN (K) as well as an overground worker near the Dimapur police station on Thursday, defense personnel said in a release today.
"AssamRifles in a joint operation with Police apprehended two NSCN(K-NIKKI) cadres & an OGW in general area Railway station, Dimapur, Nagaland on 11 Feb 2021. Apprehendees & recovered items handed over to East Police Station, Dimapur," an official wrote on Twitter.
Recently, as many as 50 militants of the Niki Sumi-led faction of the NSCN (K) came overground, reports said.
It is not clear when and how Sumi returned to India but his first public statement appeared on December 23 when he said his outfit is aware of “the sincere and genuine efforts” of the Government of India to find a lasting solution to the Naga issue and that his groups have resolved to strengthen and support the peace process at this crucial juncture.
The statement added that the group's leadership has established contact with the officials of the GoI.
In his second statement on December 26, Sumi claimed the contact was established on the invitation of the GoI.
On the invitation of the Government of India to join the peace process, NSCN/GPRN established contact with the Government of India to revive the ceasefire… “
Sumi is one of the main accused in the killing of 18 Indian Army personnel on June 4, 2015. It was carried out after the outfit abrogated the ceasefire in March 2015.
About 25 militants ambushed a convoy of 6 Dogra Regiment in Chandel district. The NIA chargesheet in the incident notes that 15 soldiers were grievously injured.
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