Assam jawan among 3 AR personnel killed in Manipur ambush

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HT Bureau

IMPHAL/ GUWAHATI, July 30: An Assam Rifle personnel from Barpeta district, Pranay Kalita was killed along with two other jawans of in an ambush launched by a joint team of three militant outfits at KhongtaI village under Chakpikarong Police Station in Manipur’s Chandel district bordering Myanmar on the south on Wednesday afternoon.

Kalita, a 38-year-old Havildar was also part of the Assam Rifles which was targeted by the militants.

Six others sustained injuries in the ambush, official sources said.

The two other jawans have been identified as Ratan Salem (Manipur) and Methna Konyak (Nagaland).

The bodies of the three jawans have been kept at the mortuary of the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal for the post-mortem.

The injured were airlifted by an Indian Air force (IAD) helicopter and are now giving treatments at the Army Health Quarters, Leimakhong, about 17 km from Imphal.

The miscreants carried out an IED explosion and opened fire at the Assam Rifles personnel, when they were patrolling the Khongtal area in Chandel.

The insurgents waylaid them with IED and volley of bullets upon them but the AR soldiers also retaliated the firing that lasted about 22 minutes.

With the enforcement of the additional security forces, the rebels managed to escape from the scene and trespassed into the Myanmar border, the sources added.

Kalita had joined the forces in 2001.  He is survived by his wife, parents and two daughters, who currently live at Gatbar village of Patacharkuchi.

While condemning the senseless attack, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal condoled the death of the jawans one of whom belonged to Assam’s Barpeta district.

In a statement, Sonowal said, “It is really shocking to know the loss of the life of a brave jawan of our state who became an innocent victim of the dastardly attack of the militants. Militancy is not a solution to any problem rather it complicates the situation”.

Meanwhile, a joint statement issued by Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF), Revolutionary People Front, (RPF), an armed wing of the banned People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) claimed responsibly of the attack.

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh has strongly condemned the cowardly attack on the AR and he expressed his heartfelt tribute to the 3 security personnel martyred in the attack.

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