Kohima : Atleast three suspected ULFA cadres were killed during a shoot out between security forces and militants in a remote areas of Nagaland along the international border with Myanmar on Wednesday. The encounter took place between Lapa Lempong and Oting village inside Mon district, some 25 km from the international border, and close to Assam.
An army officer who led the operation was killed and three jawans were reportedly injured in the encounter. The slain officer has been identified as Major David Manlun from Shillong, who was originally from Lamka, Churachandpur, Manipur. The three injured security personnel were airlifted to Jorhat military hospital for better treatment.
Defence sources said that troops of 164-Territorial Army and 12-Para Forces intercepted two Auto in which ULFA and NSCN(K) cadres were travelling around midnight on Wednesday. Security forces retaliated after militants opened fire towards them, killing all people inside the first Auto, while other militants from the second Auto managed to escape under the cover of darkness.
The slain militants belongs to the Paresh Baruah’s faction of United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent). They were identified as Self-styled ‘second lieutenant’ Pankaj Malia alias Phanindra Asom, 35 year, Akani Baishya alias Bipul Asom, 32 year, and Dikom Konwar, 35 year, all of them were from Charaideo district of Assam.
Meanwhile, the Army has deposited a huge number of arms and ammunitions at Tizit Police station which they said were recovered during the encounter. The arms include Two AK-56 rifles, two hand grenades, one AK-4 rifle, nine magazines, 27 rounds of ammunition, 4 mobile handsets, medicines, blankets, sharp weapons and other warlike stores, according to a police source.
Police said the three armed militants who were killed by Territorial Army were members of the anti-talk faction of Paresh Baruah’s anti-talk faction, which had close ties with the Khaplang faction of National Socialist Council of Nagalim, NSCN.
The Chief Minister of Manipur N Biren Singh has condoled the death of Major David Manlun, who was originally from Churachandpur but settled in Meghalaya some years back. Biren Singh said that the people of Manipur were proud of the valour of Major David Manlun, while claiming that he was martyred for the country fighting with militants and his sacrifice will not go in vain.
Manipur Chief Minister said in his condolence message he prayed that the almighty gives his family the strength to withstand the irreparable loss. The entire state and country share the sorrow of Major David’s family, friends and colleagues.