At least three cadres of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) and an Assam Rifles (AR) officer were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Nagaland’s Mon district on Wednesday. There has been one civilian casualty, as per ANI reports, while three more AR jawans have been injured. Meanwhile, the encounter is still underway with a combined group of ULFA & NSCN(K) terrorists in Lapa Lempong and Oting near Mon.
Assam Rifles personnel raided Lappa at around 11 pm following inputs that NSCN(K) cadres were moving through that area, a defence spokesperson told PTI. The encounter continued for several hours. Later, bodies of the three militants were found.
Meanwhile, as per ANI, one AK-56, three Chinese AK, two grenades, 3 IEDs, 270 AK rounds recovered from the three killed terrorists.
This development comes close on the heels of the recent announcement by the government about a sharp decline in violence, extortion and attacks on security forces in the Northeast. The Ministry of Home Affairs had released data highlighting three years of the NDA government. As per data available with the MHA, only 484 such incidents were reported in 2016 as compared to 1,025 in 2012 and 732 in 2013 when the Congress-led UPA was in power.