LAMKA, March 30: Troops of 7 Assam Rifles allegedly inflicted injury to a cadre of the Zomi Revolutionary Army in a firing incident late last night in Churachandpur district head quarter.
The AR also reportedly arrested another cadre of the ZRA along with two civilians.
Sources informed the incident taken place 9.30 last night at Appollo Veng Lamka town which lies next to the Axis Bank of Churachandpur.
They have been identified Thanglalpaul, 22, alias Zebra of Mata village and Khamlunmang, 20, of Thanlon Village, cadres of the ZRA anti-drug cell.
Clarifying on the incident, the leader claimed that the cadres were sent by the outfit to round up the drug peddler following a specific report that drug peddler and supplier will be exchanging their goods at the said spot.
It is reported that AR personnel fired upon the ZRA anti-drug resulting in the injury of its cadre Khamlunmang.
Initially the detail report of the incident was also not available with the case being was with the Lamphel police. Soon after the incident, the arrested cadre along with the civilian were sent to Imphal for further interrogation.
However, the Churachandpur police assured to provide detail information when the case was given to them.
Later it was found that the four arrested were brought to Lamka from Imphal by a team of Churachandpur police led by its second OC.
The identities of the two civilian, who were caught along the two anti drug cell cadre yet to be established.
Further narrating last night incident, residents nearby informed that they heard about four gun shots times around 9:30. But, they remained indoors out of fear.
They are alarmed by the incident as such gunfire are rare since UG group have signed the SoO with the Government, said the locals.
The Ministry of information and Public Relation of Zomi Re-Unification Organization (ZRO), also released a statement with regards to the incident.
It claimed that firing incident occurred unprovoked.
As the person involve were under SoO, the firing cause unnecessary panic to the general public and added that the AR should had, by this time Shun violence and protecting drug peddlers/smugglers which can be prove beyond reasonable doubt, it suggested.
It further informed that the ZRA cadres were on duty for good and did not retaliate the so called friend of the hill people while implicating the AR of protecting the drug peddlers in town.
Meanwhile, the troops of Red Shield Division apprehended on Saturday, four cadres of Zomi Revolution Army from Churachandpur at around 10:20 pm.
According a press release from PRO (defence), four cadres on two wheelers approached a Mobile Check Post of the Security Forces. On being challenged by the Mobile Check Post, one of cadres fired upon the Security Forces. The troops of Red Shield Division displayed restraint and returned controlled fire in which one of the cadres was injured while other three cadres were apprehended by the Security Forces.
It further said that the injured cadre was rendered first aid at Veng Battalion and was subsequently evacuated to RIMS hospital. The apprehendees have been identified as self styled private D Paula, son of D Thanga, a resident of Mata village, self styled private Lullun Nuala, son of Thangkangkhanpung, resident of Thanlon village, Pomu, son of Vunkhan, resident of Tuima village and Milian, resident of Appollo Veng all belonging to Churachandpur district, it said.
Two 9 mm pistols and five live rounds were recovered from their possession at the time of apprehension. The apprehendees along with the recoveries were later handed over to Lamphel Police Station, it said.