Flush-out operations in Dimapur cadres evicted

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Kohima, Jun 7 (UNI) The Dimapur district administration, with the help of security forces, conducted a joint 'flush out operation' in and around Dimapur yesterday and evicted hundreds of armed cadres of underground factions.

Dimapur Deputy Commissioner Maongwati Aier, briefing newspersons last night, said as per the decision of the state government to implement the Cease-Fire Ground Rules(CFGR), especially in Dimapur town following frequent clashes between rival factions of NSCN, the district administration had ordered all the cadres to vacate civilian areas.

The administration, with the help of over 800 personnel from the Army, Assam Rifles, CRPF, Indian Reserve Battalion(IRB) and police conducted joint operations in Purana Bazar, Khermahal, Veterinary Colony, Walford area, Burma Camp, PWD Colony, Bor Lengri, United North Block 'A' Nagarjan, Wingram Colony,Xelhozhe, Old Showuba, Seithekiema and Patkal College areas of Dimapur town and some areas of Chumukedima town in Zelhozhe village.

They vacated the area after the administration and police asked them to do so. NSCN-IM cadres also vacated Seuthejuema village.

However, in Wungram Colony, about forty armed cadres were persuaded to leave only after assurance to provide security to their relatives.

The joint operation team recovered two small arms, ammunition of assorted varieties, uniforms and some incriminating documents.

Mr Moangwati also said the primary purpose of the operation was to send a strong message to all armed factions that the administration was determined to ensure peace and security of civilians.

He also said such joint flush out operations would be taken up frequently to ensure that none of the armed cadres return.

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