AR jawan killed by NSCN(IM) militants



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By Pisi Zauing

MIAO, Oct 1: In what can be termed as an act of sheer revenge, cadres belonging to IM faction of NSCN gunned down rifleman Diwan Singh of 42 Assam Rifles in broad daylight on September 30 last.

 Acting on a specific intelligence input, the Assam Rifles based at Miao thronged the jungles of Old Songking-Sikao in Namphai-II area in the morning of September 30 last to raid the camp of NSCN (IM).

But the insurgents ambushed the AR team before the team could reach their destination. In the firing a bullet pierced through the forehead of Rifleman Diwan Singh who immediately died on the spot.

Assam Rifles jawans retaliated and the bursting sound of gunfire clearly echoed through nearby local villages. After two hours of fierce gun fight the insurgents retreated safely under the cover of dense forest.

The AR team produced the body of the deceased at Miao police station in the evening and lodged an FIR. The body was taken to Dinjan, Assam late evening and after completion of official procedures, the body will be flown to his native village in Uttarakhand, Miao PS sources said.

 Looking at the seriousness and intensity of the situation, requisite reinforcements have already arrived and the entire area has been cordoned and combing operation launched. Sources speculate at least 15-20 NSCN (IM) cadres under the command of Self Styled Captain Alex to be present in the area.

It may be mentioned that the 42 Assam Rifles and Para Troops jointly launched operation in Ningrang area of Namphai-II on July 19 last during which two cadres of IM faction were killed. There were speculations doing the rounds that NSCN (IM) will take revenge. The killing of the rifleman yesterday is seen as an act of sheer revenge. The area is peaceful today but busy movements of Assam Rifles clearly indicate another fierce fight is inevitable.