Imphal, June 3: Three Assam Rifles jawans have been injured when suspected militants triggered a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) near border town Moreh of Tengnoupal district on Imphal-Moreh section of NH-102 on Saturday afternoon.
The attack occurred at H Mongjang, about 2 km from Moreh bordering Myanmar, when the unidentified assailants ambushed a patrol party of 11 Assam Rifles on foot patrol duty around 2:15 pm, Moreh police sources informed.
The injured have been identified as Subedar Sher Ram, Riflemen Sachin and Basumatary. Police sources said the Assam Rifles jawans have not been seriously hurt in the attack. They were later airlifted to Military Hospital, Leimakhong for medical treatment.
Moreh has witnessed a spurt of violent incidents recently. A 47-year-old woman labourer was shot to death by armed miscreants in the town on May 22 last drawing condemnation from various social organisations and residents of the town.
On May 23, Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh had expressed deep concern over the recent violence in the border town Moreh terming it an attempt to ‘sabotage’ India’s Act East Policy.
Four bomb blast incidents also recently took place in Moreh, but there were no casualties. Four police personnel were injured when unidentified people ambushed an escort party of Parliamentary Secretary (Home) L Susindro Meitei on May 19 last near Kwatha loacatd about 10 km from Moreh.
‘Go back Assam Rifles’
A sit-in protest was organised today here at Keishampat against the killing of a woman labourer at Moreh on May 22.
The Assam Rifles is alleged to have killed the woman. A section of civil society has accused the paramilitary force of killing Arambam Shanti Devi, 47.
The demonstration held at the Keishampat Leimajam Leikai community hall was participated by representatives of a large number of social organisations.
The protesters held several placards and one of them read “Go back Assam Rifles.” They demanded that the government immediately remove Assam Rifles from Manipur.