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AR on Sakok incident
Published on 15 Aug. 2009 12:38 AM IST
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Assam Rifles asserting their side of the story on Sakok village incident Friday said the road opening party of 23 Assam Rifles was fired upon by unidentified militants near Sakok village under Phungyar sub-division August 12 at 8:40 a.m. According to a defence press statement issued by PRO-IGAR (S) the AR party upon firing immediately retaliated following which the firefight ensued between AR troops and militants. It stated that at around 12 p.m. the militants once again fired at AR columns in general area South of Hundung Goda and attempted to take advantage of the thick vegetation and tough terrain condition. However, the AR troop again retaliated effectively, the PRO said. In the conduct of operations, the release said two bodies of militants were recovered along with arms, ammunitions and “warlike stores.” Defence sources claimed that intercepts of the conversion between the militants and intelligence inputs revealed that three to four militants were killed. Quoting the sources, the statement said militant groups that fired at AR columns were likely to be NSCN (I-M) cadres allegedly moving along with some unidentified valley based insurgent groups. 2 bodies recovered Imphal based PTI reported that bodies of two Naga militants were recovered from Sakkok village in Manipur’s Ukhrul district on Friday. Official sources said that the two militants were killed in the encounter between 23rd Assam Rifle personnel and the militants on Wednesday at Sakkok village and the bodies were recovered on Thursday, the sources said. With this a total number of three bodies of Naga militants have been recovered following the encounter so far. Two of the bodies were sent to the district hospital at Ukhrul for post mortem, official sources said.

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