Rail construction site attacked at Nungba, gun fight at Jiribam

Jiribam (JRBM):  Suspected cadres of a hill based militants group opened fire at the construction site of the Jiribam-Tupul railway at Thingou in Nungba subdivision in Tamenglong district even as a gun fight was reported between two factions of a tribal based militant group at Jiribam sub-division last night.

No one was injured in the attack.  According to a source, the attackers were suspected to militants from a hill based outfit.  The firing at the construction site of tunnel no.11 took place Saturday at around 4.30 pm in which personnel of the state IRB guarding the site retaliated.

It may be mentioned here that a private construction company is drilling the tunnel number 11 at the said site.  Additional security forces have been rushed to the area immediately and a search operation was launched in the area.

On the other hand, cadres of two factions of United Tribal Liberation Army (UTLA) engaged in a gun fight Saturday night at around 9.30 pm at Phaiton village along Imphal-Jiribam section of NH-37 in the Imphal East district last night.  Official reports said that the gun fight erupted among the cadres of UTLA led by SK Thadou and Robert Singson when the former intervened in the extortion activities of the later.  A highly reliable source said that the group led by SK Thadou has been pressing the officials of the Power Grid Corporation and companies engaged in the railway line construction in Jiribam and Tamenglong district to pay 2% and 20% respectively to the group.  Last night, cadres of the group came at the temporary office of the power grid and pressed the officials there to pay the money they had demanded. At the same time, cadres of other group also arrived and intervened resulting to a brief gun fight.

There was no report of any casualty on both sides in the brief gunfight which was lasted for about 15 minutes.

Reports said that around 9:30 pm at a place called Phaitol, United Tribal Liberation Army (UTLA-KNO) and UTLA (SK Thadou) exchanged heaving firing. In the incident, one UTLA (KNO) cadre was reportedly injured.