AR jawan dies in IED attack; PLA claims/regrets; AR condemns

IMPHAL,9th July: A jawan of 31 Assam Rifles got killed when unknown persons (later claimed by PLA) detonated an IED near Kangpat area under Kamjong police station on Monday. The deceased jawan has been identified as Ningthoujam Subhaschandra of Khangabok. He was posted at C Company of 31 AR. According to reports, a team of the AR unit was conducting normal foot patrolling at around 5 am Monday. When the team reached Kangpat KT Centre, which is located 3 kms from Indo-Myanmar Border Pillar no. 96, an IED buried by unknown persons exploded. Subashchandra was instantaneously killed after being struck by the bomb shrapnels while some of his colleagues suffered minor injuries.

Upon receiving news of the blast, reinforcements from 31 AR and a team of Kamjong Police Station immediately rushed to the area and conducted search operations. However, there is no report of anyone being apprehended.

Assam Rifles strongly condemned the IED attack on the patrolling party near the Indo-Myanmar border. The IED bomb attack resulted in the death of sepoy N Subhash Chandra, a bright and brave soldier hailing from Khangabok village of Thoubal district, PRO IGAR (S) said in a statement. This criminally meaningless act has once again demonstrated the utter lack of concern of these so-called revolutionaries towards the well-being of the state they claim to be fighting for. While the entire government and administration led by the CM Biren Singh is endeavouring to usher in peace and progress in the state, these criminals are hell bent on keeping the state burning, notwithstanding that it is burning the future of many youth and children as well, the statement added.

Rifleman Subhashchandra had excelled in all aspects of his profession and had a bright future in the Assam Rifles. His sharp skills and fearless demeanour had got him picked up as the leading scout of his party. Subhash is survived by his wife and two kids aged just 8 and 12 years. Governor Dr Najma Heptulla who is out of station also shared her deepest condolence to the bereaved family and expressed her deep concern at the incident as it will negate the peaceful conducive environment that she has been trying so hard to create. The Assam Rifles and Army too expressed their deepest condolences to the bereaved family, the statement said.

On the other-hand, while claiming to have eliminated a rifleman during an attack carried out by its armed wing on Monday morning, the proscribed Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) has said the outfit and its armed wing PLA were pained after knowing that the deceased AR rifleman was a native of Manipur.

Claiming responsibility for the attack carried out at about 9.20 am Monday at a spot between Kangpat Khunou and Khulen in Kamjong district, the proscribed outfit said some more AR men were injured in the attack carried out by a special team of PLA’s tactical command. However, the outfit could not rejoice over the successful operation after getting information that the deceased AR man was a Manipuri, an RPF statement issued by its secretary publicity Roben Khuman said.

In the present era of global race for competition and development, Manipur continued to be under suppressive rule of India since the past 69 years with no visible industry to create job opportunities. This has rendered majority of the people of Manipur to daily wage earners with no guarantee for the next day’s bread and butter, subjugated and living on mercy of the owner. Bread and butter being the first and foremost requirement of human being, many Manipuri now join Indian army to earn for their living but these native people adorn with camouflage Indian military uniforms and sophisticated weapons are now being made ‘scapegoat’ and utilised to counter freedom fighters who are fighting to restore Manipur’s lost sovereignty, the outfit said, and appealed to all the native people currently serving in Indian armed forces to have courage to find a way to live independently.

While reminding the people that there will be way to live independently if our own resources are skilfully utilised with courage and commitment, the RPF statement cautioned that outsiders are continuing to enter Manipur and gradually grabbing all economic opportunities of native people. While maintaining that armed struggle is the only means for the people of Manipur to regain their lost sovereignty and restore territorial integrity, hill-valley relations, the proscribed group called upon people to strengthen the ongoing armed struggle by joining PLA.

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