Ambush on Assam Rifles in Arunachal Pradesh, one martyed Credit: Representational image

Kohima: The NSCN-IM on Thursday evening denied involvement in the ambush on Assam Rifles (AR) convoy in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday morning. An Assam Rifles jawan was killed in the ambush.

In a press statement the group said, ‘This is to clarify that NSCN have nothing to do with the Arunachal Pradesh ambush incident at a place near Sanliam village in Tirap District. It is unfortunate that the media people simply gave report based on their own wild conjecture, blaming the NSCN. Such an unhealthy practice by the media to connect NSCN to the incident where one Assam Rifles jawan died is highly dismissive.’

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The clarification following reports that the NSCN-IM was allegedly behind the attack. So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the incident.

According to sources, the incident took place around 6.30 am when a convoy of 6 Assam Rifles came under heavy fire. “In the firefight, one personnel of Assam Rifles died while one sustained bullet injuries.”

The official statement issued by Indian army said, “During an operation the Security Forces along with Police encountered a group of insurgents near Saniliam Village in Tirap District of Arunachal Pradesh on 21 Oct 2020. A soldier was killed in action during the operation.

Based on specific input, the Security Forces had launched a joint operation with Police to aggressively dominate , locate and neutralize the insurgent group reported to be present. During the operation, a contact was established with the insurgents in the early hours. In the ensuing firefight, a soldier sustained grievous injuries and made supreme sacrifice fighting the insurgents.

The operation is under progress and security forces are committed to maintaining peace and tranquility in the area.”

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