Tribal insurgent killed, two injured in gun battle in Manipur

One tribal insurgent was killed and two seriously wounded during a gun battle on October 14 night between two factions of the proscribed Zeliagrong United Front in Noney district in Manipur, police sources said.

The body of the slain cadre, identified as A. Pungmei, was brought to hospital for post-mortem. The two injured insurgents were identified as Santosh and Thomas from the same district.

Armed cadres of the two factions, who were on a foot patrol in the mountain roads, had a chance encounter near Leishok village in Noney district. Tribal villagers said that the gun battle lasted for several minutes.

District police and paramilitary forces rushed to the area where the encounter took place. However, none could be rounded up. Police said that there had been some fatal armed encounters between the two factions in the past.


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