United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) has claimed responsibility for the ‘joint’ ambush on a patrol party of 19 Assam Rifles gunning down one Assam Rifles personnel and injuring another at Changlang district in Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday morning.
Terming Indian army and Assam Rifles as occupational forces, the banned outfit in a press note issued on Monday said, “A combined team of Naga army (NSCN/ GPRN), ULFA (I) and RPF (PLA) carried out an attack on the convoy of 19 Assam Rifles near Senmo village on Manmao road killing two on the spot and injuring others.
“For decades the WeSEAn and people struggled with blood and tears to protest and defend our freedom enduring endless persecution and torture in the hands of the colonial occupational forces. If the colonial government, it’s armed forces and its intelligence services, India must fully realize either its forceful occupation or it’s draconian laws nor its backless peace regard or human rights and break the will of the WeSEAn people for self-determination,” the press note signed by publicity secretary Captain Deep Asom read.
On Sunday, an area domination patrol consisting of two Tata 407 and a water bowser was being conducted from Jairampur and Company Operating Base (COB), Dokpey, while en route to the COB, when the convoy came under ambush near village Tengmo.
According to police sources, initially, the militants attacked the convoy across the road with Lathode and followed by a heavy exchange of fire. “The warrant officer Birendra Singh Yadav attained martyrdom while Havaldar Narender Dev Bhatt sustained bullet injuries.”
Police recovered 8 cases of fired AK series ammunitions and 8 numbers Lathode cartridge suggestion that the militants were heavily armed, the source added.
Jairampur police has registered a case under section 120B / 121 / 302 / 326 / 34 of Indian Penal Code read with Sec 25(1-B)(a) / 27 Arms Act and read with Sec 10/13 UA(P) Act.
In July this year, ULFA (I) along with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), a meitei Manipuri outfit, Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF) claimed responsibility for the attack on Assam Rifles at Chandel district in Manipur killing three Assam Rifles personnel and injuring several. The Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) is the political wing of PLA.
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