1 NSCN (IM) cadre killed, 4 injured
Encounters Took Place A Day After The Attack On Dy CM’s Convoy
IMPHAL, 23rd FEB: One cadre of NSCN (IM) was killed while three others were injured in two separate encounters involving cadres of the Naga outfit. A civilian woman and a cadre of the outfit were also injured in the first encounter which occurred in the wee hours of Thursday at Khoupum Chingthak, under the newly created Noney district.
Both the encounters took place a day after the motorcade of deputy chief minister Gaikhangam was ambushed by unidentified militants when he visited the area to campaign for the assembly election. The first encounter took place at Khoupum Chingthak when troops of 2/5 Gorkha Regiment approaching the village was fired upon by NSCN (IM) cadres. An encounter ensued between the two sides for nearly two hours when the troops retaliated. The attacking NSCN (IM) cadres retreated from the area only after arrival of more security forces to assist the 2/5 GR troopers.
The body of the deceased identified as Solomon, son of Ningdaipou of Nungnang village was found lying when the troops searched the area after the encounter. A civilian woman identified as Kadinjilu, wife of Khoupum Chingthak village chairman Sajangrei Rongmei was also injured in the crossfire.
Kadinjilu suffered one bullet injury on her face and has been admitted to RIMS hospital after first aid at Khoupum. Later, she was shifted to Raj Medicity as her condition deteriorated. Security forces conducted further search in the area but there was no report of any arrest.
The second encounter took place when some cadres of Zeliangrong United Front attacked NSCN (IM) carrying their cadre namely Alung, who was injured in the first encounter. The second encounter which occurred near Goibijang village lasted for nearly one hour and two more NSCN (IM) cadres suffered bullet injuries. After the encounters, leaders of civil society organisations and women leaders rushed to Khathajang to bring the injured cadres.
Mention may be made that two security personnel were injured when the motorcade of deputy chief minister Gaikhangam was attacked by unidentified armed persons on February 21 while he was visiting the area to kick-start his election campaign.