DIMAPUR, Aug 21 - Five NSCN-K cadres involved in the June 4 ambush on 6 Dogra Regiment at Paraolon village in Chandel district of Manipur were nabbed by a joint team of Assam Rifles and Army, a Defence release said.
It said the combined efforts of all units under IGAR (South) including intelligence units under Assam Rifles, and Army resulted in nabbing the five NSCN-K members.
The search for the remaining killers is the prime focus of all units who vowed to hunt down all those involved in the deaths of 18 jawans in the ambush, the release added.
It said after neutralising one of the attackers, self-styled Maj Rajanlung on June 4 itself, the special teams of security forces who were tasked to investigate the ambush found crucial evidence to establish the identities of the ambushers.
After massive search operations, another member of the ambush team of NSCN-K, one Chingkhiurei Gangmei was apprehended at Tamenglong on August 4 by a team of the 6 Dogra Regiment.
On August 19, one more cadre of the outfit identified as Giftson was apprehended at a vehicle check post. The release said Giftson revealed that he was involved in the June 4 ambush and also gave further information about movement of other fellow members. He was later handed over to Nambol police station. Based on his confession, intelligence teams of Assam Rifles continued search operations and apprehended self-styled Maj Mayanglangbam Manglemba alias Touthing Ngangba at Pallel in Tuisimi village on August 19.
Following the information provided by Mayanglangbam, troops of 22 Assam Rifles apprehended H Bojesh Monsang of NSCN-K the same day. He was later handed over to Kakching police station.
The Defence release informed that all the five apprehended cadres were being handed over to the National Investigation Agency.
Meanwhile, troops of 32 Assam Riles apprehended three NSCN-K cadres, including an overground supporter, in separate operations from different locations in Dimapur on Wednesday.
According to Assam Rifles, the apprehended cadres have been identified as Atoka alias Kughahoto Sema, Alovito Sumi while the overground worker was identified as Zameer Aris Ahmed Choudhary. They said Zameer was a tax collector of NSCN-K. The Assam Rifles said, most of the underground factions have outsourced tax collections, particularly by deploying non-Nagas.