Manipur attack: Two Assam Rifles personnels, one UG killed in ambush by suspected PLA cadres

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IMPHAL, March 31: A convoy of 44 Assam Rifles came under attack from suspected PLA cadres this early morning at around 6 at Konkan Thana in Kamjong Sub-Division of Ukhrul District which is under the jurisdiction of Chasad Police Station.

A brief gunfight broke out between the two groups leaving two Assam Rifles personnel killed and one injured. One UG cadre was also reportedly killed in the gunfight.

According to information received by IFP from the Police, a team of 44 Assam Rifles of Kamjong post who were heading towards Kashom Khullen in two vehicles were ambushed by suspected PLA cadres who were already waiting hiding in the bushes at a place which is about 5 km away towards the east direction from Chasad Police Station.

An improvised explosive device (IED) was first triggered followed by heavy firing using powerful automatic guns towards the AR team from two directions by the suspected PLA cadres.

The AR personnel also retaliated by firing towards the UG cadres and a brief gunfight broke out between the two groups.

But after some time the UG cadres left the place and vanished into the jungle.

The two AR personnel who were killed in the ambush have been identified as Havildar NK Doli (‘F’ Coy) and Havildar BN Chhetri (‘B’ Coy). The injured AR personnel have been identified as Rifleman RV Shastra.

He was rushed to Military Hospital at Leimakhong using a Helicopter.

Later, Police along with AR personnel conducted a thorough search of the incident site and recovered the lifeless bodies of the two AR personnel along with the lifeless body of a suspected PLA cadre.

The bodies have been deposited at Chasad Police Station and it will be taken to RIMS morgue tomorrow for post mortem examination.

The identity of the deceased suspected PLA cadre could not be ascertained till the filing of this report. He was wearing combat dress, has pierced ears, 5’2” tall and seems to be between 30 to 35 years of age. No document was recovered from his body to ascertain his true identify.

Two live IEDs were also detected during the search, however as there was no bomb expert in search team, a bomb disposal team from Imphal have been arranged to assist them in disposing the bombs.

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