Tinsukia: At least six suspected rebels of Manipur-based Meitei rebel group People’s Liberation Army (PLA) were killed in a shootout on Wednesday during intra-faction clashes at a camp located in Myanmar across Arunachal Pradesh.

According to highly-placed sources, the shootout took place at Nayang Wakathan camp of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (KYA), opposite Pangsau Pass in Changlang district, where PLA cadres were taking shelter on “payment basis”. “Six rebels have been confirmed death while three are injured,” sources in the intelligence agency claimed.

“The deceased have been identified as SS Major Boycha, Leimba, Angamba, Tanthouba, Tomcha, Suresh,” sources said, adding, “The family members of three killed were contacted in Thoubal and Kakching districts of Manipur and they have confirmed.”

Sources in the intelligence agency also said, “There was large-scale frustration among a few cadres of PLA on account of several reasons including coercion by Myanmarese army and lack of amenities in camps as they are facing financial crisis, and so on, resulting in a few cadres deserting away with weapons.”

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“The clashes took place when a party was launched to bring the frustrated cadres back,” the source added.

However, a senior police official from Thoubal police in Manipur told EastMojo that they are yet to receive any such information.

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