NIA files case in Manipur ambush


New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday filed a case against NSCN (K) and its affiliates for killing 20 Army personnel at Chandel in Manipur on Thursday. The agency invoked various provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Explosive Substances Act, the Arms Act and the Indian Penal Code.

“The act of waging war against the country has allegedly been executed by the NSCN(K) and its affiliates,” an NIA official said.

Khaplang Pangmi, chairman of the Myanmar-based NSCN(K); Kughalu Molatonu, general secretary; Alezo Chakesang from Nagaland, information secretary; and other senior members of group and its affiliate organisations have been named in the first information report filed by the National Investigation Agency in the Manipur case.

The Army has initiated an internal inquiry into procedural and intelligence lapses in the Manipur attack. Well before reinforcements reached the ambush spot in Manipur and the Assam Rifles sealed the 1,643-km border, the suspected NSCN(Khaplang) group militants crossed over to Myanmar. Within three days, the insurgents struck at an Assam Rifles’ camp at Tirap in Arunachal Pradesh.

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