Based on specific inputs by military intelligence, an operation was launched by 9 Rajputana Rifles of the Indian Army on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday

One of the hideouts of the rebel group was also busted during the operation by security forces in Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district on Saturday morning

Tinsukia: Security forces claimed to have killed an NSCN-R militant in a fierce gunbattle at Panchal Pahar, around 500 metres from Pancham village under Kharsang circle of Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district, on Saturday morning, and busted a camp recovering arms and ammunition.

The deceased has been identified as Gyatsom Harap, the son of the village headman of Panlom village in Changlang district.

A highly-placed source told EastMojo that based on specific inputs by military intelligence, an operation was launched by 9 Rajputana Rifles of the Indian Army on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday.

“The information was that a group of 10 militants led by outfit’s commander of Kharsang belt, Major Akham Chang, were camping near the village to collect extortion money,” the source said, adding: “The outfit has served extortion messages to most businessman and taxi operators in Kharsang and Miao circles.”

According to sources, a contact was established around 4.30 on Saturday morning. “A militant was killed while nine others managed to escape after a fierce gunbattle which lasted for almost two hours,” the sources said.

“Security forces have recovered an M4 A1 US- made (Colts) assault rifle, 78 live rounds of ammunition, 1 misfired and 5 fired rounds, 1 magazine, 1 pouch, 2 mobile phones, 1 knife with cover, 2 batteries, 1 torch, and other personal belongings,” another source added.

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