October 04 2020: Suspected militants ambush and killed an Assam Rifles jawan in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
Another jawan was seriously injured after the water tanker they were travelling in was ambushed near Hetlong village between Jairampur and Nampong in Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district on Sunday.
No group has taken responsibility, but district officials and the security forces suspect 30-35 members of the United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent headed by Paresh Baruah and the Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) carried out the attack.
“A water tanker of the 19 Assam Rifles that was travelling to Hetlong village to fetch water came under attack,” Changlang District Magistrate Devansh Yadav said. “We received reports that there was an explosion, but this cannot be confirmed until we receive the autopsy report. In all likelihood, the death was caused by bullet,” he added.
A defence spokesperson said the injured jawan was admitted to a government hospital in Changlang. It was not immediately known how many personnel were travelling in the water tanker. It was not escorted by any other vehicle.
According to reports published in Imphal Times, the attack was carried out by combined troop of Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) – Army wing of the Revolutionary Peoples’ Front (RPF) a militant group from Manipur, United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA -Paresh Baruah) and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) at wee hour today.