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Indian Army launches trace-and-hunt operation in Manipur

New Delhi(PTI): The army on Friday launched a massive manhunt in Manipur, which senior officials in New Delhi, off-the-record, termed as ‘trace-and-hunt’ operation. Eighteen soldiers were massacred and 11 grievously injured in an ambush by insurgents on Thursday.

Relatives mourn the death of Manoj Kumar, a soldier who was killed in an ambush in Manipur, at his village in Himachal Pradesh on Friday PTI
Relatives mourn the death of Manoj Kumar, a soldier who was killed in an ambush in Manipur along with other 19, at his village in Himachal Pradesh on Friday PTI

Security forces on foot and aided by military choppers are combing the area in the remote mountainous forests of Manipur’s Chandel district, close to Myanmar border. This was here the army convoy belonging to the 6 Dogra Regiment was attacked with land mines, rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons.

Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag on Friday rushed to Manipur and took briefings from the 3 Corps in Dimapur and also discussed the issue with senior police officers, a source said.

The Indo-Myanmar border has been closed to prevent the attackers, suspected to be belonging to Manipur rebel outfits, National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) or NSCN(K), Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) and Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), from crossing over.

Questions are also being raised on the army’s failure to detect such a threat despite the incident happening close to the regimental centre and whether the standard operating procedure was followed while sanitising the road that the convoy took.

The incident happened despite the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in place in the insurgency-hit state.

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