Imphal: One Junior Commanding Officer (JCO) and five jawans of the 29 Assam Rifles were martyred on Sunday in an ambush which took place in Chandel district near the Indian north-eastern state Manipur. The ambush is believed to have been carried out by militants in the north-eastern region.
Chandel district is the same place where 18 jawans were ambushed last year. Occuring near the Myanmar border, the militants were heavily armed during the assault. The Assam Rifles comes under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), but operates under the Indian army. The ambush is suspected to be carried out by NSCN-K militants, a part of the UNLF.
Sources in the government said that an umbrella group of terrorist organisation,United National Liberation Front of West South East Asia (UNLF) , planned and executed the attack. The terrorists also snatched six AK 47 rifles and ammunition from the soldiers.
The UNLF consists of NSCN-K, the rebel Naga anti-talk faction, NDFB-S, PLA, ULFA, KCP and many other militant outfits operating in the north-eastern region.
Home Minister of India, BJP’s Rajnath Singh spoke to the DG Assam Rifles about the matter. He tweeted , “Spoke to DG Assam Rifles who apprised me of the situation in Manipur. MHA is closely monitoring and reviewing the situation in the state. ” He added , “Extremely pained to learn of killing of Assam Rifles’ JCO & jawans in Manipur. My condolences to families of the deceased.”