15 cops killed in Manipur ambush
Convoy of 11th IRB troops is attacked when troops were returning to battalion HQ, reports Sobhapati Samom.Updated:
Fifteen Indian Reserve Police personnel including a jamandar were killed in a broad daylight militant strike in Manipur's Churachandpur district on Saturday morning.
The ambush on the convoy of 11th IRB troops, took place at the hilly junction of Khoirok Chiru Lamkhai, 18 km west of Bishnupur district at around 10.10 am on Saturday morning.
The troops were returning to their battalion headquarter in Churachandpur district in three trucks and three Maruti gypsies after their poll duty at Khoupum valley in Tamenglong district on Friday.
Soon after the ambush, the militants escaped taking advantage of the nearby jungles, without taking the service weapons issued to the deceased jawans. Two of the ill fated three trucks were badly damaged. However additional security team who rushed to the encounter site managed to recover three unexploded lethal bombs and many projectiles.
Jayanta, superintendent of police, Bishnupur district told Hindustan Times that around 45-50 well-armed Valley based militants ambushed the IRB team taking advantage of the hilly terrain.
"I can't give you the details right now as operation is still going on," he said. Troops of central paramilitary forces and J&K Light Infantry also joined the operation.
Altogether 13 IRB men died at the spot while two succumbed to injuries. All of them have been identified soon after their relatives stormed the RIMS hospital mortuary. AK Parashar, director general of police, Manipur who visited the Morgue along with Additional DGP Shaheed Ahmed refused to comment in connection with the incident.
"I cannot give any comment as operation is still on "Parashar said." "We're full of emotions." State police and IRB men who rushed to the ambush point suspects involvement of Valley based militants behind the attack, though none of the Manipur based outfits claimed their involvement.
First Published: Feb 24, 2007 19:18 IST