The Indian Army has busted an ‘undesignated’ hideout of the insurgent group Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim, Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) in Manipur on July 5 after some cadres of the rebel outfit were found ‘extorting’ money from locals.

The camp was dismantled because the NSCN (IM), which is the largest insurgency group in the north-east, has a ceasefire with the centre and it has to report the location of all its camps to the Army.

“An undesignated and unauthorised hideout of NSCN (IM) was busted on July 6 by the Army troops at Kekru Naga village in Manipur. Based on a specific input regarding NSCN (IM) cadres camping in Kekru Naga and carrying out illegal extortion, a well-coordinated operation was launched on the night of July 5,” the Army said in a statement.

“However, seeing the troops advancing toward their camp, the cadres fled leaving huge amount of arms, ammunition, uniform and other war-like stores,” the Army added.

The army has also informed that a member of the rebel outfit was detained after he was caught while trying to wide.

It is to be mentioned that the the NSCN (IM), formed in 1980, is led by 85-year-old Thuingaleng Muivah; the other top leader of the group, Isak Chishi Swu, died three years ago at 87 of multi-organ failure.