Kohima, Dec. 29: In a joint operation by Nagaland and Assam police, a smuggler from Myanmar was arrested from Dimapur on Thursday.
The joint team of Dimapur and Diphu police arrested Langkhangou Teijang, 45, from Thahekhu village near Dimapur. He was taken to Diphu town for interrogation, according to Nagaland director-general of police, O. Alem.
Teijang is reportedly wanted in several criminal cases. In Assam alone, there are 11 cases registered against him and he is said to be a notorious international rhino horn smuggler operating in the Southeast Asian countries.
Karbi Anglong superintendent of police B.B. Chetry, said that during interrogation of the 54 persons involved in poaching, police came to know the involvement of Teijang who monitored the smuggling operations from Dimapur.
“We caught him on Thursday night and produced him in court today and got six-day police remand for Teijang. His interrogation will help us to find more information about the operation,” Chetry said.
Last Monday, Karbi Anglong police had arrested Anuwar Hussain and Khairul Islam from a remote village under Samaguri police station in Nagaon distict and it is suspected that their confession helped police to apprehend Teijang.
Dimapur superintendent of police V.Z. Angami also confirmed the arrest of an international smuggler and said the involvement of Naga smugglers was not ruled out.
Sub-divisional police officer, K. Khalo, said the arrest of Teijang indicates the involvement of Naga people in the smuggling business. “I have already suggested joint interrogation of the accused since without the assistance and support from some locals, a Myanmarese national could not have taken shelter in Dimapur.”
According to sources, Teijang has dozens of bank accounts in different banks and has been involved in the rhino horn business for 25 years. Khalo said Teijang was a big catch for both the Dimapur and Diphu police.
He is the 55th person arrested from different parts of the Northeast in connection with rhino poaching.
Pusa stand: Former Nagaland Congress president K.V. Pusa today said the solution to the Naga political problem should be the top priority of the Naga people and not elections. Speaking at a conference at Kezo town, 35km from here, the veteran Congress legislator said there could only be peace in the state after the Naga political problem is resolved with the Centre.
“Whether elections are held or not, a solution to the Naga political problem should be the top priority," he said.
Pusa said the aspiration of Naga people is to have complete peace in the state for all-round development and progress. “Our students need peace and development to progress and compete with other communities,” he added. The Congress leader also urged students to be agents of peace and unity.
Auto strike: Autos were off the road today in Dimapur, the commercial hub of Nagaland, in protest against the killing of a driver by unknown persons. The body of Prachind Madal was found at Medziphema, nearly 25km from Dimapur, on December 24. The auto is untraced.
In protest against the killing, all autos plying in and around Dimapur went off the road from 6am to 6pm. The drivers demanded the immediate arrest of the culprits. Medziphema Town Youth Organisation strongly condemned the murder of another auto driver, whose body was discovered on December 18. The organisation urged the authorities to probe the matter and arrest the culprits.