Kohima, Sep1: The Konyak Union (KU) officials from India and Myanmar, in a joint rescue mission of a domestic tourist from Bangalore, has rescued from the captivity of NSCN-K (Yung Aung) faction in Myanmar.
According to a statement issued by Konyak Union President Howing Konyak and Media Secretary Pangmei Konyak said that the captive person has been identified as one Cheten Raheja from Bangalore was safely released from the captivity of NSCN (K) under Sagaing division in Myanmar.
Raheja, who is a poet and traveller, had gone to Longwa after registering himself at Mon Police Station on August 23. Based on reports, Konyak Union with the help of Assam Rifles posted at Longwa enquired about his visit and had asked him to return since it was a sensitive area. The Konyak Union said Raheja “sub-consciously ventured inside Myanmar territory” which unfortunately was an area held by the NSCN (K).
As confessed, Konyak Union said NSCN (K) had held him captive since the tourist was found within their domain and that NSCN was not pleased to see an alien person within their region, taking note of the current situation.
On the request of both the Konyak Union of India and Myanmar, the Union said Nyemlang Konyak was kind enough to understand and consider the case on humanitarian ground without further complication. He stated that the same gestures should be reciprocated to the Nagas in Bangalore. After 5 days in captivity, Raheja was handed over to the Konyak Union (Myanmar) by the NSCN (K) authority on August 29, at Chen Loi-e Village in Myanamar and was received at the International border by the combine team of Konyak Union and the law enforcing authority of Mon district. Konyak Union said that even though NSCN (K), which has been tagged as terrorist organization, had released Raheja unconditionally on humanitarian ground.
Konyak Union acknowledged the positive response and further appealed to all concern that solution can only happen through peace and love. Konyak Union also lauded the district administration and law enforcing agencies for their support in rescuing Raheja from the jaws of death, it said. (UNI)