In a joint operation, security forces gunned down a self-styled Commander-in-chief of the militant organisation Socialist Democratic Front of Kukiland (SDFK) in Manipur’s Churachandpur on Friday.
The deceased insurgent was identified as Letminthang Haokip, a self-styled Commander-in-chief of SDFK.
The Loktak Battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR(South) in a joint operation with Manipur Police neutralised one insurgent and apprehended another insurgent of proscribed group SDFK in Churachandpur.
After receiving specific intelligence, troops of Assam Rifles along with Manipur Police launched a joint operation in the early hours on Friday.
According to police, during the cordon and search operation, an exchange of fire ensued between the security forces and two insurgents hiding in the area.
In the firefight, one insurgent was neutralised and the other injured. The injured insurgent was apprehended and evacuated to Imphal for medical treatment.
According to a police source, the personnel bodyguard of Haokip, identified as Lungkhosei Chongloi who grievously wounded. He was rushed to J.N. Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal for treatment.
Hospital sources said his injuries are worrisome. He is reported to be from Saikul in Sadar Hills.
Other militants who were not injured during the firing reportedly fled the scene. The team is searching the nearby areas to look if any other bodies or injured militants are there, a police source said.
Meanwhile, security forces have launched a massive combing operation in the area to flush out the remaining militants from the area.
“We are alerted and monitoring every activity of the insurgent group to avert any kind of eventualities. Recently, we have launched a massive operation against the insurgent group and nabbed many hardcore cadres of the various militant outfit,” said a senior police official of Manipur.
In 2020, three Assam Rifles personnel were killed and six others were injured in an ambushed attack in Chandel district of Manipur.
Manipur has been facing the insurgency problem for many decades. The first-ever separatist group United National Liberation Front (UNLF) was formed in the year 1964, but they started with their armed struggle only in 1991. Meanwhile, three other organisations the People’s Liberation Army of Manipur (PLA), People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), and the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) came into existence and started with their resistance.
Recently, Manipur CM N Biren Singh appealed to the armed group to shun weapons and join the mainstream for a political solution.