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
Advance booking open for Dashin
Kathmandu—Finally, Federation of Nepalese National transportation Entrepreneurs Association agrees to open pre-booking for Dashin after the government decided to increase public transport fares by 10 percent.
The federation was demanding to unfreeze their bank accounts and adjust the fares in view of rising fuel prices.
On Saturday after the agreement between the government and federation, the transportation entrepreneurs opened advance booking. Most of the counters set up banners announcing pre-booking for Dashin and many people were in que to book the ticket in advance.Follow @gorkhapost