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Assam Rifles jawan injured in rebel attack in Nagaland

An official said Assam Rifles is yet to ascertain if the Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland or NSCN, the dominant rebel group in that part of the state, was behind the attack

india Updated: Jun 05, 2018 20:26 IST
Sadiq Naqvi
Sadiq Naqvi
Hindustan Times, Aizawl
Assam Rifles,Nagaland,Khaplang faction
The attack came even as six rebel groups announced suspending peace talks with the Centre.(HT File Photo)

An Assam Rifles trooper was seriously injured and a company commander suffered minor injuries after a post of the paramilitary force came under fire from an unidentified rebel group in the northern most Mon district of Nagaland about 300 km from the capital Kohima early Tuesday.

The attack came even as six rebel groups announced suspending peace talks with the Centre.

An official said Assam Rifles is yet to ascertain if the Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland or NSCN, the dominant rebel group in that part of the state, was behind the attack. However, sources in the Nagaland police say they had been receiving information on how a “desperate NSCN (K) was planning to target security forces.”

Meanwhile, officials refused to link the attack to the decision by Naga groups to suspend peace talks with the Centre. The NSCN(K) is not involved in the peace talks.

“Unidentified insurgent group carried out attack on company outpost of 41 Assam Rifles at Lompong Shengha village at about 2.20 am,” a defence officer familiar with the development said.

“The fire was immediately returned by Assam Rifles personnel on duty which forced the attackers to flee,” another official said. “Rifleman RN Modak sustained injuries and has been evacuated to Jorhat for treatment. Major Sahil Sharma, the company commander also sustained minor injuries”.

In another development on Tuesday, the working committee of the Naga National Political Groups decided to suspend negotiations with the central government following a June 2 raid at the residence of V Nagi, the committee’s Co-Convener and General Secretary. The Naga National Council is umbrella organization of the rebel groups. The talks would remain suspended unless the Government of India “comes clean on the question of haphazard actions of its agencies,” according to a statement by the groups.

They called the Assam Rifles raid on Nagi’s residence a ‘betrayal of trust’.

The Assam Rifles in a statement said a large cache of weapons, foreign currency and war like stores were seized in the raid on Nagi’s residence.

“It is clarified that the operation was carried out along with Nagaland Police and in presence of local witness. There was no ransacking done, nor the search party carried out search at any girls’ hostel. Further, there was no mistreatment or harm caused to any of the family member,” the statement by the Assam Rifles said.

First Published: Jun 05, 2018 20:26 IST