Hurt soldiers shifted to Jorhat
GUWAHATI, Aug 16: Two soldiers of the Assam Rifles received severe injuries in the wee hours of August 15 at Nagaland’s Mon district while trying to cease an infiltration attempt made by the cadres of the NSCN (K-YA) faction.
Though the attempt was foiled, the soldiers of the paramilitary forces had to exchange intense firing with the underground outfit for hours following which two soldiers received injuries.
According to a communiqué issued by public relation officer (DEF), ministry of defence, Tezpur, Lt COL AS Walia, in wake of heightened security in the run up to Independence Day, troops of Assam Rifles were proactively dominating the sensitive areas with a deployment posture designed to thwart any unwarranted attempt by the insurgent factions to disrupt peace in the region.
“Based on credible intelligence of movement of underground cadres, troops of the Assam Rifles laid multiple ambushes to dominate the area in the general area Nyasa, situated along the interstate boundary between Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh,” the communiqué said.
The communiqué further said that around 2:35 am on August 15, the alert scouts noticed suspicious movement of underground cadres on a jungle track coming from Zankham to Nyasa. On being challenged by their own troops, the underground cadres opened fire which was appropriately retaliated causing severe casualties to the underground group.
“Two Assam Rifles soldiers also sustained injuries; they have been evacuated to Jorhat Air Force Hospital for advanced treatment. They were evacuated with the help of local villagers, who provided all the support to the security forces,” the communiqué further said.