TIRAP (Arunachal Pradesh): Four cadres of the Naga militant group Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim (Reformation) were gunned down in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap district early on Thursday, the Assam Rifles (AR) said.
Two AK-47 assault rifles and a pistol were recovered from the slain militants. The gunfight occurred at the remote Kheti village, 7km from Khonsa, the district headquarters of Tirap, Assam Rifles spokesman Lt Col Rahul Josan said.
The four were allegedly involved in extortion, arms dealing and drug peddling. They were “Captain” Jano Tekwa, “Sergeant Major” Lombho Pangsa, “Sergeant” Tongbai and “Corporal” Mankhu Wangsa.
“Assam Rifles troopers cordoned off the area on Wednesday night after a tip-off. One of the three columns came under heavy firing as it approached the militants camp, forcing the troopers to retaliate,” the spokesman said.
In the ensuing gun battle, the four militants were killed. The NSCN (R) is a breakaway faction of the banned NSCN (Khaplang) — a Myanmar-based militant outfit.