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Massive combing operations conducted against militants along Assam-Arunachal Pradesh, three IEDs, live grenade recovered

Massive combing operations conducted against militants along Assam-Arunachal Pradesh, three IEDs, live grenade recovered

India Blooms News Service | | 23 Jan 2017, 05:58 pm
Guwahati, Jan 23 (IBNS): Security forces recovered at least three Improvised Explosive Device (IED)s and a live grenade from the Tinkupani reserve forest in Upper Assam's Tinsukia district during the combing operations against the militants on Monday morning.

Massive combing operations are being conducted by the Assam police, army and other security agencies against the militants along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border ranging till the Myanmar border following the militants attack on an Assam Rifles vehicle on Sunday morning resulting three jawans killed and two others injured.

Following the militants attack, security forces launched combing operation against the attackers and killed four militants.

On Monday morning, security personnel had recovered three IEDs and a live grenade from the jungle area, which were later defused.

Assam Police Special Director General Kula Saikia, who is camping near the ambush site at Warabasti in the Upper Assam district since Sunday evening, said that the IEDs recovered during the combing operations by several security agencies including Arunachal Pradesh counterparts.

"As the area is densely forested and nearby to Myanmar border, we have sealed all the entry and exit points to the area and using sniffer dogs to track the militants," Assam Police Special DG Kula Saikia said.

Meanwhile, a top army official said that, security personnel used another strategy to reach the militants hide site following the militants planted several land mines at the remote jungle area.

On the other hand, a security meeting of top security officials including Assam Police Special DG, SPs of Tinsukia and Dibrugarh district was held at the 13 Assam Rifles base in Tinsukia to finalise the counter insurgency strategy.

On Sunday, three army personnel and four militants were killed and two jawans injured in a fierce gun battle in Tinsukia district along Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.

The gun battle occurred following militants of Corcom comprising ULFA(I), NSCN(K) and UNLF ambushed an Assam Rifles vehicle, which escorting tourists to Pangsu Pass festival held along Arunachal Pradesh-Myanmar border.

The militants ambushed the army vehicle at Warabasti 12th Mile area on NH-53 near Jagun in the Upper Assam district along border with Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday morning.

The militants attacked on a vehicle of Assam Rifles by grenades and loud explosions were heard at the remote area.

In the militants attack, five jawans were critically injured and they were rushed to the nearest government hospital.

Among the injured army personnel, three succumbed their injuries.

Two martyred jawans has been identified as riffleman L Ginlan Ven Nagaithe and riffleman Khampai Wangsu.

Following the militants attack, top police and army officials had rushed to the bordering area and launched massive operation against the militant group which comprised over 50 cadres equipped with sophisticated weapons.

Assam police ADGP Pallab Bhattacharya said that, at least four corcom militants killed and many injured in the follow-up action by army and police after the militants attack.

Security personnel had recovered 5 IEDs,  2 hand grenades, one M-16 rifle, a G3 rifle, a 9mm pistol, huge quantity ammunitions, uniforms and fired lathode shells from the encounter site.

ULFA(I) and Corcom had claimed that, at least three army personnel were killed and many others injured in the militants attack.

The militant groups also claimed that, they had snatched three weapons including two AK series rifles from the Assam Rifles troopers.

Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday said that his government is fully committed to wipe out militancy and corruption from the state.

He warned of stern retaliation against the militants behind the ambush on Assam Rifles and reiterated his firm stands on militancy.

The Assam CM termed militants attack on Assam Rifles troops as cowardly act.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)