It has been declared as the worst attack on the Indian Army in two decades.
On Thursday (4th June 2015) morning at 9AM, an insurgent outfit attacked a military convoy in Manipur’s Chandel district, killing at least 20 army personnel and injuring 11 others. The Dogra Regiment was on a Road Opening Patrol (ROP) as part of its daily routine along Tengnoupal-New Samtal route, when it was attacked by 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. The injured jawans were air-lifted by the Army for treatment. The Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur has been closed to stop the militants fleeing to the neighbouring country.
The newly-floated common platform, United Liberation Front of Western South East Asia comprising NSCN (K), Ulfa (I), Kamatapur Liberation Organization and NDFB (Songbijit) claimed responsibility for the Manipur ambush. Ulfa (I) leader Paresh Baruah called up local television channel saying that the ambush was carried under orders from SS Khaplang, chairman of the new platform.
This is the third ambush on security forces in the region in three months. On April 2, three Army jawans were killed in an ambush by NSCN (K) in Tirap district in Arunachal Pradesh. On May 3, seven Assam Rifles jawans and one jawan of Territorial Army were killed in another ambush in Mon district in Nagaland.
President Pranab Mukherjee strongly condemned the attacks and tweeted: “Strongly condemn dastardly attack on soldiers in Manipur, pay tribute to martyrs, condolences to families of brave & prayers for injured (sic).” Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the attack ‘mindless’ whereas Manohar Parrikar called it a ‘cowardly attack’.