In a major counter revolt, Arunachal Pradesh Police and Assam Rifles jointly gunned down six insurgents who opened fire in Nginu Village of Longding district, about 310 KM away from state capital Itanagar. The massive gun battle arose at around 4:30 AM and lasted over four hours. The insurgents were previously suspected to be members of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak Muivah (NSCN-IM). Later the intelligent sources confirmed that the rebels were not part of the actual NSCN-(IM) rather they had connections with a ‘rogue’ group involved in many attacks in the districts of Tirap, Longding, and Changlang. The same group was said to be involved in the killing of MLA Triong Aboh and 11 others last year. Ammunitions recovered from the spot include four AK-47, 2 Chinese MQ, about 5 kilos of explosives, and 1 kilo of pipe IED.
An Assam Rifles personnel was reported to sustain injuries in the crossfire. The Jawan was taken to the military hospital and is confirmed to be stable. At least 250 round was fired using automatic weapons.
“A joint team of 6 Assam Rifle and Arunachal Pradesh Police conducted an early morning action today in Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh near Nginu village. In the operation, 6 NSCN- IM armed cadre have been killed. One Assam Rifle personnel also received injuries. Six long-range weapons (four AK-47 and 2 Chinese MQ) have been recovered so far,” said DGP R P Upadhyaya.
“SP Longding and CO 6 AR were on the spot”, the DGP added.
The case is being investigated by the NIA.