- The area was cordoned off before the gun battle began.
- Protest continues against the murder of tribal leader
- Manipur government suspends 16 policemen for negligence in duty
Four insurgents were gunned down by security forces in Thoubal district of central Manipur on Sunday. Officials gave this information. Sources said that Army special forces were involved in the operation.
Based on intelligence inputs about the presence of militants, a joint operation by security forces was launched in Thoubal district on Saturday, officials said. The area was cordoned off before the encounter started.
Protests are going on in different parts of Manipur against the killing of an influential tribal leader and activist Athuan Abonmai by insurgents on September 22.
Mr. Abonmai, a former president of a tribal-based local council and leader of the Naga People’s Front (NPF) Zeliangrong Baudy in Tamenglong district, was abducted on September 22 when Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, along with his ministerial aides, was in the area. He was visiting the hilly district bordering Assam and Nagaland to inaugurate some projects as part of the state’s “Go to Hills” campaign.
Earlier this month, on the request of the Manipur government, the Home Ministry had asked the National Investigation Agency to probe the killing of the tribal leader.
The Manipur government had suspended 16 policemen, including some from Manipur Rifles, for dereliction of duty and failing to protect the tribal leader.