20 Indian Army personnel killed in Manipur – Militants take revenge

In one of the worst attacks suffered by the Indian Army in last two decades – 20 army personnel were killed and more than 15 other injured on Thursday, June 04, 2015 when militants ambushed their convoy in Manipur’s Chandel district. This has been marked as the biggest attack on Indian Army after Kargil war of 1999.

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The incident took place near Moltuk village, around 110 km south of here under Tengnoupal police station when unidentified militant group ambushed three convoy of 6 Dogra Regiment which was moving towards its sector headquarters at Pallel – along Khangbarol road around 8 AM. The ambush was carried out by firing indiscriminate firing including RPG shells.

The ambush happened four days after the killing of a woman allegedly by troops of 20 Assam Rifles at Aimol village in Chandel district. There was a shutdown in Chandel over the incident and massive protest was demonstrated against the killing. Killing of innocent civilians, rape and assault by Indian Army in Manipur have been already triggered protests at International level.

A newly formed unified outfit of North-East India has claimed the responsibility of the ambush.

In the mid of April – the insurgent groups of North-East India formed United Liberation Front of Western South East Asia comprising NSCN(K), ULFA(I), KLO and NDFB. Report said, few outfits from Manipur too joined UNLFW to continue unified armed struggle against Indian Colonialism.

There are more than 40 insurgent groups in Manipur and United National Liberation Front of Manipur(UNLF) is the oldest insurgent group of the state. UNLF Chairman Raj Kumar Meghen alias Sana Yaima was arrested in September 2010 from Dhaka and then deported to India. After Chairman R K Meghen’s arrest – the Finance cum Organization Secretary of the UNLF, Jai Singh alias Mairangthem Nongyai also arrested on the same month in Guwahati, Assam. Although many arrested insurgent leaders came out of jail with agreement of lateral talk with Union of India – Manipur’s oldest insurgent outfit’s Chairman R K Meghen alias Sana Yaima rejected any scope of lateral talk and openly accepted “jail instead of surrender”.

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