The proscribed RPF has claimed the involvement of its armed wing, the PLA, in the encounter with Assam Rifles yesterday near Kamjong village in Ukhrul district.
In a statement, Roben Khuman, publicity secretary of Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) claimed that a team of the PLA tactical command launched an offensive against a foot patrol party of 44 AR near Kamjong village yesterday around 5.10 pm.
Four AR personnel were killed and several others were injured. Moreover a weapon (No AE51-5050) of the AR was seized in the offensive, the RPF claimed.
A sergeant of the PLA, Okram Pari alias Prem s/o (L) O Tomba and (L) Radhe of Sagolmang Mamang Leikai gave his life for the cause of the ‘motherland’ and the people in the encounter, it said.
The offensive was launched after locals of the area requested the PLA to teach a lesson to the AR personnel who caused disturbances and harassment to civilian passers-by on a daily basis, it claimed.
The security forces have suppressed the people by claiming themselves as friends of the people.
The fact that the request of the people, particularly hill brethren, this time to teach a lesson to the security forces after realising their true modus operandi, is a clear evidence of the failure of the adversaries’ policies.
There will be no development, peace and equality unless the security forces are driven away from the State, it said.
Meanwhile, the RPF also said that the abrogation of truce by the NSCN-K was a right step.
The PLA is ever ready to wage war against India collectively with the NSCN and other revolutionary organisations of WESEA region, it conveyed.
At the same time, the CAS of the PLA also lauded the efforts of its tactical command team and others involved in the attack to teach a lesson to the AR, according to the statement.
On the other hand, police said that the dead body found at the encounter site in Ukhrul yesterday has been deposited at RIMS morgue for post mortem examination.