In a statement to media houses, the militant outfits stated that the attack on the 46 Assam Rifles (AR) convoy at Sehken village under Behiang police station in Churachandpur district on Saturday, was carried out by the combined forces of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF).
“The cadres of the PLA and MNPF who carried out the attack had no information that the commanding officer’s wife and son were in the convoy. Indian security forces should never travel with their families at a place which has been declared as a ‘disturbed area’ by the Indian government,” it stated.
The Phundrei Battalion of the Assam Rifles, under Spear Corps, in a joint operation with the Manipur Police, recovered 20 rounds of M79 Grenade Launcher near Wabagai Yanbi High School in Kakching on November 13. Based on inputs regarding a cache of warlike stores near Wabagai Yangbi, a joint operation was launched by Assam Rifles and the Manipur Police which led to the recovery of 20 grenade rounds hidden in a jute bag. Later, the recovered ammunition was destroyed in-situ by the bomb disposal squad.
A senior officer in a security agency, who did not want to be named, told ET, “This attack in the state has taken place after more than a year. In August 2020, in Chandel district, three Assam Rifles jawans were killed in an ambush.”
He added, “Strange is the manifestation of the new outfit — the Manipur Naga People’s Front. Very little is known about the outfit. It is gathered that this is a nascent outfit having its roots in the hill areas of Manipur. Work is on to get the details.” The officer said that the bases of the outfit in Myanmar were intact and they continue to attack from their hideouts.
Manipur has around 40 militant outfits, a large number of them dormant. Letingthang Haokip, commander in chief of outlawed Socialist Democratic Front of Kukiland, was killed in an encounter on November 12.
Officials said, “Militants, most of the time, trace the movement of the security forces owing to the terrain and dense jungle and thin traffic on the road. Here, we suspect that the movement of the commanding officer was closely monitored for the last several days.”
The CM told the media: “We have a 319 km border with Myanmar. Seeing that this is sensitive, the Union Home ministry started construction of border fences. There is some dispute in some of the areas and construction was stopped in those areas. However, construction is going on in other areas. Construction of fencing is the priority of the Centre and state governments.”