Special forces of the Indian Army conducted an operation against NSCN (K) in Longding district along the Indo-Myanmar border in Arunachal Pradesh. An NSCN(K) cadre has been killed in the encounter and one Army personnel injured. The Army has recovered an AK-56, a radio set, and a hand grenade, along with live bullets. A combing operation is underway.
Speaking to the media this afternoon, after a meeting with MoS Home Kiren Rijiju, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said it was a routine operation. “It’s a normal, routine operation. Such operations happen everyday. There’s nothing big about them.”
The operation took place around 7.30 am, news agency ANI reported.
In a tweet this noon, Indian Army’s Eastern Command said: “Dao Div neutralised Honcham Wangsa, self styled Corporal of NSCN-K near Kunsa Vill, Arunachal Pradesh.”
Defence spokesman Colonel Chiranjit Konwer said, “The security forces had launched the operation following specific input about the presence of NSCN(K) rebels near Votnu village in the district. The forces came under heavy fire from the rebels and retaliated in which one militant was killed and another was injured.”
The other militants made good their escape into the dense forest nearby. During the search, the forces located the temporary hideout and destroyed it, Konwer said.
(With PTI inputs)