IMPHAL, October 18: An armed encounter took place between the cadres of NSCN-IM and Zeliangrong Youth Front (ZUF) in a jungle at Guitang village under Khoupum Police Station in Tamenglong district this morning.
According to local sources, the gun fight between the heavily armed cadres of NSCN-IM and ZUF started from around 5 am and lasted for more than three hours till about 8:30 am.
The incident happened when some suspected ZUF cadres intruded into Guitang village which was already occupied by the NSCN-IM cadres. The firing began due to miscommunication between the cadres at the spot resulting in fierce gun battle, the source added.
Further according to the source, the villagers nearby the encounter spot have also reportedly fled from their villages to some safer areas. However, no security personnel entered the area till late night.
There are possibilities of heavy casualities during the encounter on both sides, however no exact information was available with the press till the filing of this report.
It may be mentioned that five cadres of NSCN-IM were killed during an ambush by suspected ZUF cadres on October 7 at Laisok village under Khoupum Police Station in Tamenglong district.