Imphal: Reports are doing the rounds that the Indian Army, in order to avenge the killing of 6 Assam riffles jawans by militants near Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur, launched an offensive and destroyed some rebel makeshift camps near the border.
According to reports published in local media including a local English daily ‘The Sangai Express’, the attacks by army were made after six army personnel of 29 Assam Rifles were killed in the ambush laid by militant group CorCom targeting a party of CO which was returning after inspection of a landslide location in Chandel on Sunday.
The attack had taken place at 1 pm and martyred soldiers, included a junior commanding officer. Last year on June 4, 18 jawans of 6 Dogra regiment were killed by militants in an ambush in Paorlon village in Chandel after which the Army had reportedly launched surgical strikes inside the Myanmmar border and killed many terrorists.
However, the reports of any such operation couldn’t be confirmed from an army source.
According to the reports published in the paper, the security forces exchanged fire near Border Pillar No-87 along Indo-Myanmar border just after noon on Thursday. The Sangai Express report also reads that reports of counter attack came after Lt Gen Abhay Krishna, General Officer Commanding of 3 Corps vowed to hit back hard against militants responsible for the deadly Joupi ambush.
He said the attack was an opportunity to bounce back with bigger success. Krishna stated this while paying tribute to the slain personnel of 29 Assam Rifles near Tulihal airport yesterday.
Last year, after 18 jawans were killed in an ambush by militants, reports of army launching heavy offensive against militants inside Myanmar border had grabbed the headlines, but nothing could be confirmed then.
Chief Of Army Staff (COAS), Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag visited 29 Assam Riffle Station in Manipur on Sunday to pay his respects to the martyred jawans.
The Facebook page of Indian Army posted about the arrival of Gen Suhag to Assam Riffle station and how he was briefed by the operations to be carried out against militants. This hints towards the strikes that might have been made.