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Ultras kidnap 14 for recruitment

At least 14 villagers, including nine teenaged boys, of Nagalands Phek district have been abducted by suspected militants for forceful recruitment, Assam Rifles sources on Sunday said.

india Updated: Nov 30, 2008 13:15 IST

At least 14 villagers, including nine teenaged boys, of Nagalands Phek district have been abducted by suspected militants for forceful recruitment, Assam Rifles sources on Sunday said.

The village council of Purr village confirmed the kidnap of nine teenaged boys and five village guards by members of GPRN/NSCN yesterday with an aim to recruit them subsequently into the outfit.

However, five guards and a boy were released later.

The abducted people were then taken to a place close to Indo-Myanmar border apparently to cross it, Assam Rifles, guarding the border, said.

On receipt of information about movement of militants, troops of 33 Assam Rifles launched a search operation to track down the activists and secure release of the abductees.

Efforts were on to rescue others.

Assam Rifles said, as per the agreed ceasefire ground rules, forceful recruitment is a gross violation of the truce between the centre and both groups of NSCN. The GPRN/NSCN had entered into a cease-fire pact with the Centre in 2001.

The security forces said in recent past there was allegation that the same group abducted tribal boys for forceful recruitment in Tirap and Changlang districts of Arunachal Pradesh but later they were released following intense pressure from public.