The lone insurgent who had been killed in the ambush on the convoy of the 6 Dogra Regiment in Parolon in Chandel district on June 4 has been identified as a cadre member of the NSCN(K).
Family members have identified the body to be of 30-year-old Rajabglung Kamei, son of Alu Kamei of Noney in Tamenglong district of Manipur.
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Tamenglong is one of the remote districts of Manipur and has been the operating area of the banned Naga militant group Zeleiangrong United Front (ZUF) which has been engaged in inter-factional rivalry and turf war with the NSCN-IM.
Kamei’s family members have said that he left to join NSCN (K) ten years ago and the outfit has described him as the commander of the “elite force” which carried out the attack on the 6 Dogra Regiment on Thursday.
In a statement issued by NSCN (K), “supreme commander” SS Khaplang and all the ranks of the outfit “hailed the leadership of Kamei” who stayed behind to “ensure the safety of his comrades”.
Khaplang has hailed the “supreme sacrifice and martyrdom of the commander of the elite strike unit, Major Raja who proudly forfeited his life in the battlefield of June 4…”
“On June 4, Major Raja exhibited exemplary feat in commanding bravery, ensuring safety of all his comrades and was assessing the days outcome when several shells from reinforcing Dogras exploded and killed the warrior…Major Raja has earned the distinction of a unique fearless patriot winning the admiration of both friends and foes alike. All through his military career since his teenage years till his martyrdom, his achievements are enviable and his records shall be adorned with laurels and homage,” said Khaplang in his statement.