Imphal, Oct 11,
Rebel group United National Liberation Front (UNLF) has paid revolutionary salute to two of its cadres . A ceremony in honour of the two cadres was held at the General Headquarters (GHQ) of UNLF/MPA and also at every unit and battalions of the organisation at 10:00 am of October 10.
A statement Director, department of publicity, UNLF/MPA, M. Sak-hen stated that during the ceremony, along with the performance of their last rites, full organisational honours were given to the two invaluable members of UNLF/MPA namely, 2nd lieutenant, Wanglensana and sergeant Leephaba who lost their lives in an unfortunate incident that took place on October 8, 2018 at the operational area of 293 Bn of MPA.
Wanglensana alias Sanjit, 40, son of (Late) Ng. Giri of Jiribam Motbung, Jiribam District obtained BMT in 2000 and on August 22, 2000, he was formally sworn in as a cadre of the 19th Batch of MPA. After spending some time at GHQ, he was transferred to the department of finance on December 25, 2000 where he commenced duties at Manipur valley. Subsequently, he got transferred back to MPA on April 1, 2003 and was attached with a platoon of MTA during which he took part in several battles with Indian Occupational Forces (IOF), it said.
In 2011, Wanglensana began working for an armed unit under GHQ and on February 19, 2012 he returned back to external affairs of the party. However, he was transferred back to GHQ on September 1, 2004 where he took up duties as an army cadre and was designated with 293 Bn on January 17, 2017, the release said while adding that 2nd Lt. Wanglensana was dedicated, diligent, self-sacrificing and brave officer of MPA. In his 18 years of service with the organisation, he never strayed from any activity and was always striving hard to perform his duties well. Wanglensana is survived by his wife and two children, it added.
The release additionally said that after completing basic training, Nameirakpam Leephaba alias Mahendra, 28, son of N. Amusana of Khundrakpam Awang Leikai, Imphal East took oath as a cadre belonging to the 34th Batch of MPA on September 15, 2008 following which he was posted on October 1, 2009 as an army cadre with the 241 Bn of MPA. In 2012, he further received training as a wireless operator and from then on served as radio operator at the signal staff unit at GHQ for a long time. In 2013, Nameirakpam Leephaba was promoted to the rank of lance corporal and he continued in the army to receive the rank of corporal in 2015. He was transferred to 291 Bn on December 12, 2015 where he served as radio operator at Signal Staff for two years.
Leephaba also took part in the Barak operation as a member of CORCOM’s Joint force which undertook an attack on IOF in 2016. He continued with 291 Bn for a while even after being promoted to sergeant of the army. Leephaba was again transferred to 293 Bn on April 1, 2108 where he served as operator and QM till the day he met his demise.
Sergeant Leephaba was a dedicated and brave member of the party who never showed anger and always maintained a cool and calm demeanour. He was also a firm believer in the ideals of revolution and remained dedicated to the cause till his death, it said.
UNLF/MPA, in its release, further stated the demise of two of its dedicated members in the unfortunate incident is a great loss for the organisation. The dedication, effort and the bravery shown by the two deceased members and their actions will always be remembered and honoured by all, it said while adding that UNLF/MPA share in the sorrow of the bereaved families.
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