He was later identified as self styled Private Lomben Shin.

Troops of the Indian Army in a joint operation with the Arunachal Pradesh police have nabbed  a hardcore member of the NSCN (IM) from the Deomali area of Tirap district, around 270km from here.

Based on a specific input, the security forces launched an operation in the Deomali area and apprehended the cadre.

He was later identified as self styled Private Lomben Shin (40), defence PRO Lt Col Sumit Kumar Sharma said.

“The apprehended cadre is a resident of Lomlo village in Tirap district. It is suspected that the individual was actively involved in extortion and recruitment activities in the region,” the PRO said.

One 7.65 mm pistol along with two live rounds of ammunition and extortion notes were recovered from the insurgent.

The apprehended rebel has been handed over to Deomali police station for further investigation.

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com