Two suspected militants of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang), carrying six guns including two AK-56 rifles, were killed after being thrashed by a mob in Assam’s Cachar district on Saturday, police said.
The incident happened under the jurisdiction of the Joypur police station at a market close to the Assam-Manipur border when the two men had reportedly asked villagers for directions at around 11.15am. “Villagers got suspicious by seeing the large cache of arms and ammunition. They felt the men had come to attack the locality. The two were gheraoed and thrashed,” Rakesh Roushan, Superintendent of Police, Cachar told The Indian Express.
Two AK56 rifles, two Insas rifles, a Chinese light machine gun, a Chinese hand grenade, a 12-bore gun, and several rounds of ammunition were recovered, another senior district police officer said.
By the time police arrived both suspected militants were seriously injured. They were declared brought dead Silchar Medical College and Hospital. Roushan said that investigations are on to ascertain the identity of the duo and it is suspected that they belong to the NSCN(K) because the outfit is known to be active in the area.
The incident came on the heels of five farmers being gunned down by unidentified gunmen on Thursday in Assam’s Tinsukia district.