Assam Rifles has rejected and condemned the “baseless allegations” made by GPRN/NSCN of harassing their members on March 15, 2023.
In a statement, PRO (Defence) said that the statement was published in certain section of the media without the comments from appropriate government authorities.
PRO said that the allegations were aimed at discouraging Assam Rifles from discharging their bonafide duties and “obfuscating the blatant disregard to the Ceasefire Ground Rules.”
PRO said that the AR, based on specific inputs of likely presence of armed cadres in Zutovi village, had launched an operation. PRO said 23 military cadres, without any written permission from CFMG office, were found inside a compound, at a sensitive place clearly violating the Cease Fire Ground Rules.
PRO said that around 11.30 a.m., five Cease Fire Monitoring members arrived at the site and the cadres were handed over to the police personnel at 1:30 pm, on their arrival, in presence of CFMG members.
Therefore, PRO said that the allegations were clearly, an afterthought as the incident took place on March 15 the press statement published on Mach 17/18. It said that the communique issued by violators of CFGRs themselves were with ulterior aim of maligning the image of a professional force whose history is replete with acts of valour, bravery and selfless service.