Top NSCN-K Leader Nabbed in Delhi

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New Delhi: Police arrested a key leader of Nagaland based militant outfit NSCN-K from Delhi’s Lodhi Road. Police said that the man Ngamsinlung Panmei was a senior political advisor of the outfit's chief SS Khaplang, who is at a camp in Myanmar.

Panmei came to Delhi last month after the Indian Army had intensified its operations against the separatist outfit. They suspect the outfit tried to target youngsters from the region who are staying in Delhi. Sources said that the police recovered seven SIM cards from him.

Panmei is the health minister of the self-styled government set up by the NSCN (Khaplang). Panmei is also being questioned to find out his role in trying to destablise the peace process between the Government and their rival faction NSCN (IM).

Deputy commissioner Rajeev Ranjan said that they received information about the presence of a high ranking leader from the separatist group in Delhi and laid a trap to arrest him. He was arrested from the apartment in Mahipalpur on Monday night. Sources said that Panmei had gone to meet a contact at the India Habitat Centre before being arrested.

Investigations revealed that Panmei had gone to meet Khaplang (75) at his office in Taga area of Myanmar in March this year. Police suspect he might have also been one of the perpetrators of the attack on the Indian Army convoy in Manipur which killed 18 army jawans.

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