Arunachal Pradesh and Assam police claimed that they have arrested NSCN (I-M) ‘brigadier’ Absalom from a village along Arunachal-Assam boundary on December 17. According to a PTI report quoting official sources, this was “probably the biggest catch of an insurgent leader” in Arunachal Pradesh. The report said Absalom was active in Tirap and Changlang districts for over 10 years and was behind the establishment of NSCN (I-M) in a previously NSCN (K) dominated area.
According to sources, Absalom was arrested from the Dibrugarh bound Rajdhani train reportedly by Indian security forces Sunday evening. He was on his way to Dimapur after meeting NSCN (I-M) leaders in New Delhi. Sources said that Absalom officially taken into custody at about 5:00 p.m. Sunday as the train reached Guwahati station and was detained at Pan Bazar police station for the night. On Monday, at about 8:30 a.m., he was reportedly whisked away to Arunachal Pradesh under tight security led by SP Tirap district.
It has been learnt that the senior NSCN cadre was travelling home from New Delhi with his nephew, a student in Delhi and returning for Christmas vacation. On Sunday afternoon, as the train reached Bongaigon, sources said, more than 10 security personnel armed with AK Rifles and dressed in civies boarded the train and started questioning Raman’s nephew.
The NSCN leader who was then taking a nap was awaken and put him under intense interrogation. Later, the security officials reportedly took out a passport size photograph of Raman and asked him to confirm whether it was him. Absalom was reportedly trailed by Indian intelligence from New Delhi. PTI/NPN