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AR issue statement on firing in Londging

Kohima, May 17 | Publish Date: 5/17/2020 9:16:41 AM IST

On the cross fire with NSCN (I-M) in Longding, Arunachal Pradesh the,Indian Army started that it received intelligence inputs in the  last few days regarding movement and activities of  NSCN (IM) cadres in Longding District.

A press release by PRO ( Defence) stated that eventually on on 16 May, based on the specific input regarding  presence of insurgents in village  Pumao, the troops of  Indian Army launched a search operation in general area Pumao. 
The release stated there was a gathering of villagers which started protesting against security forces and resorted to stone pelting. AR stated its troops identified suspicious movement and started moving towards a house which drew two to three bursts of fire on Indian Army party. Civilians were told to disperse and to safeguard lives and property controlled retaliation was resorted by firing eight single shots, the release stated.
In the melee, insurgents managed to escape. However, in the cross fire,  it is believed few villagers got hurt and one expired. Indian Army offers condolences to family of the deceased villager, the release by PRO added.
Many soldiers of Indian Army also got injured due to stone pelting by supporters of NSCN (I-M). Indian Army remains firm on its ideal of service before self, nation first, the release added.

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