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Rebels held

Itanagar, Dec. 22 (PTI): Security forces in Arunachal Pradesh arrested five NSCN (K) militants, including its self-styled revenue secretary, and recovered arms and documents from their possession.

A joint team of Lohit and Changlang district police, including personnel of the Assam Regiment, arrested them during an operation on Friday from Lohit district, official sources said here today.

Police seized one 9mm pistol, two magazines, 29 live rounds, pen drives, mobile phones and incriminating documents, including 264 extortion notes and the seal of the organisation.

The arrested cadres include the revenue secretary of Lohit district, Hongloan Lowakhao, along with four of his accomplices, Biswanath Pait, Chow Pintina Choupoo, Chow Sultana Munglang and Faki Wangsa.

Alerted by extortion notices served by the outfit, Diyun police laid a trap and arrested Pait, an NSCN (K) linkman.

, before the Lohit police and Assam Regiment personnel joined to conduct a joint operation in Namsai in Lohit district and Diyun in Changlang district areas which resulted in the arrest and recovery.

Tirap and Changlang districts (including Longding) have been witnessing turf wars by both NSCN (I-M) and Khaplang factions for the past few years but the outfits have not been successful in their bids, sources claimed.