52 youths from Arunachal's Tirap district kidnapped by NSCN: govt

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New Delhi, Mar 18 (UNI) The Goverment today told the Lok Sabha that as per available reports, 52 youths of Arunachal Pradesh's Tirap district were abducted by National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) on three different occasions during January.

Minister of State for Home Affairs V Radhika Selvi said, in a written reply, that the inputs indicate that out of these, 30 youths have since been released and two others escaped from the custody.

The remaining 20 youths are still reported to be in NSCN's clutches and have been kept in their camps in Myanmar.

She said that the state police and security forces have been advised to take all possible measures against the outfit. Additional Forces have also been deployed, and the assistance of Myanmar's government has also been sought for locating the kidnaped youth.

Responding to another question, Ms Selvi admitted that there are cases of smuggling of arms, amunitions, explosives and narcotics into the county from various ountries including Bangladesh, Bhutan and Myanmar.

She said a number of foreign nationals have been arrested for involvement in traficking of narcotic drugs.

The Minister said the Goverment has initiated a number of steps to curb such activities including effective domination of the border by carrying out round the clock surveillance and patrolling and by deploying observation posts all along the international border.

Other moves include fencing along the international border, setting up flood-lights on the border to enhance observation, construction of border Roads to facilitate patrolling, introduction of modern and hi-tech surveillance equipment, upgradation of intelligence network and coordination with sister agencies under the umbrella of leading intelligence agencies held at functional and diretional level, proper coordination with army, police and locals and conduct of special operations along the borders, Ms Selvi added.

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