Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag on Friday rushed to Imphal as security forces intensified their operations in the state following the deadly ambush by insurgents that killed 18 soldiers and injured 11 others on Thursday. Suhag is being briefed by the 3 Corps commanders and top police officials, army sources said. They said that a detailed operation plan is being worked out for sustained and targeted operations against the insurgents. The focus currently is to send back bodies of the martyred soldiers and sanitise the area completely, the sources said. In the worst such attack in two decades, insurgents had on Thursday ambushed a military convoy in Manipur’s Chandel district killing at least 18 army personnel and injuring 11 others. A team of 6 Dogra Regiment was on a road opening patrol (ROP) as part of its daily routine along Tengnoupal-New Samtal road, about 80 km from Imphal, when it was attacked by an unidentified insurgent outfit first with a powerful improvised explosive device (IED). After the IED blast, the insurgents resorted to heavy firing at the convoy of four army vehicles with RPGs and automatic weapons, Army sources said.
Central government issued an all out offensive order to flush out militants from Manipur. The order was issued after the discussion with the home minister Rajnath Singh, defense minister Manohar Parrikar and national security advisor Ajit Doval. Indo Myanmar border has been closed to prevent the militants from escaping to neighbouring Myanmar.