IMPHAL — Five jawans of Assam Rifles including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) were killed in a an ambush by militants in Chande district of Manipur, near the Indo-Myanmar border on Sunday.
“A convoy of Assam Rifles while returning after assessing a landslide area in Holingjang to the battalion headquarters location at Joupi in Chandel district of South Manipur had the encounter with a suspected Valley-based insurgent group,” said an Indian defence ministry release.
The insurgents detonated remote-controlled bombs and opened fire from several sides. The slain personnel belonged to 29 Assam Rifles.
The attackers also snatched four AK-47 assault rifles, an INSAS rifle, a light machine gun and ammunition, before fleeing the spot. The exchange of fire lasted about one hour.
It is suspected that two or more militant groups jointly carried out the attack. More troops were rushed to the area and a massive search operation is underway.
“The troops retaliated the insurgent fire effectively. However, the insurgents managed to get away under thick forest cover and bad weather,” the release added.Follow @gorkhapost
Three arrested with tiger hides
KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.
The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.
All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.Follow @gorkhapost