Security forces gun down six NSCN (I-M) cadres at Longding in Arunachal Pradesh
Following an intelligence tip off regarding the presence of armed NSCN (I-M) cadres, the troops launched a well-planned and coordinated operation in the area.
Six NSCN (I-M) cadres were killed in a joint operation conducted by a team of the Indian Army, Assam Rifles and Arunachal Police near Nginu in Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh early Saturday, a release stated.
Following an intelligence tip off regarding the presence of armed NSCN (I-M) cadres, the troops launched a well-planned and coordinated operation in the area. On seeing the search column of troops, the insurgents opened heavy fire in a bid to flee from the spot, defence sources said in a release.
The troops retaliated and in the ensuing firefight six cadres were neutralised while a soldier of the Assam Rifles was injured. The troops also recovered six rifles and ammunition, IEDs and other warlike stores.
"Joint team of Indian Army, @official_dgar and Arunachal Police in an Op neutralised 6 NSCN(IM) Cadres and recovered arms, ammunition, IEDs and other warlike stores from Nginu, Longding, Arunachal Pradesh on 11 July," the Eastern Command, Indian Army tweeted.
The operation is in progress, identification of neutralised cadres and their allegiance to NSCN (I-M) faction operating in Myanmar is being ascertained while the injured soldier has been evacuated and is in stable condition, the release added.
Meanwhile, as a part of the ongoing crackdown by the Assam Rifles on insurgent groups operating in Nagaland, a huge cache of ammunition was recovered near Chedima village in Kohima district on Friday.
Based on specific intelligence regarding a large cache of arms and ammunition, the troops launched an operation in the area. During the detailed search, the troops unearthed a large cache of ammunition. It included three 60 mm mortar bombs, two M-60 anti-tank rifle grenades, 390 rounds of 7.62 mm sniper,109 live rounds of 7.62 mm AK-47, 51 rounds of 7.62 mm pistol, three kg of PEK (explosive) and one AK-47 magazine.
The recovered items have been handed over to North Police Station, Kohima for further investigations, a release by the Assam Rifles stated.