Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has directed the security forces to take stringent possible action against militants involved in the killing of six Assam Rifles personnel in Manipur.
Singh reviewed the situation with Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and other top officials in the security establishment after the killing of a junior commissioned officer and five jawans.
The home minister also spoke to the Assam Rifles Director General, who updated him on the situation.
The Assam Rifles convoy was attacked by heavily-armed militants at around 1pm in the Joupi Hengshi area of Chandel. ‘The security personnel were returning after inspecting a landslide site in the interior tribal district,’ defence sources informed.
It is suspected that two or more militant groups jointly carried out the attack in Joupi Hengshi area under Molcham police station. The troops retaliated after the assault, but the insurgents managed to flee under thick forest cover.
Besides Subedar Baldeo Sharma, the JCO other deceased were identified as Riflemen Pawan Kumar, Mahesh Gurung, Bhupender Kumar, and Akhilesh Kumar Pandey, and havildar Surajit Barla.
Lieutenant General Praveen Bakshi, Army Commander Eastern Command, expressed his condolences to the families of the brave soldiers, said, ‘The nation owes gratitude to the ultimate sacrifice made by Assam Rifles personnel like them in the fight against insurgents.’
He further stated these acts of violence by insurgents reinforce their resolve to carry out relentless operations against such anti-national elements to bring peace to the region.