The Army has dismantled a hidden camp of NSCN (I-M) at Kekru Naga village in Manipur, catching one active cadre of the militant group and recovering a huge cache of arms and ammunition. The operation was carried out following specific inputs regarding the camp after reports of illegal extortion surfaced from the area.
'In a major blow to the insurgent groups, Indian Army troops busted an NSCN (I-M) hideout at Kekru Naga Village in Manipur on July 5 resulting in the recovery of large quantities of arms and ammunition," Indian Army's Eastern Command said in a tweet.
According to the Army, the cache recovered included an American-origin M16 rifle with 125 rounds, one self-loading rifle with 26 rounds and some AK series assault rifles, apart from other small weapons.
While searching the camp, an active member of the insurgent group who discarded his uniform and was trying to merge with the local population was taken into custody. Earlier this month, two similar hideouts were destroyed by the Army while recovering arms and ammunition.