Manipur Ambush Case: NIA puts bounty on 10 PLA cadres’ heads

NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday declared various cash rewards on the heads of ten terrorists of the Manipur-based People’s Liberation Army (PLA), a banned outfit, in connection with the attack on a convoy of the 46 Assam Rifles in November, 2021.

The convoy of the Assam Rifles was attacked with arms and explosives near Sialsih village on the Indo-Myanmar road, which falls under the jurisdiction of Singngat Police Station of Churachandpur district in Manipur.

“The attack resulted in the death of five Assam Rifles personnel including the Commanding Officer, his family members and injuries to six Assam Rifles personnel,” said an NIA official.

The official said that the ten terrorists against which the reward was declared were Chaoyai alias Pukhrambam, Mani Meetei, Sagolsem Inaocha alias Ranjit Naorem, Sanatomba, Khaba, Khwairakpa, Nongyai alias Nongphai, CPL Joseph, Balin and Kanta alias Sants.

“Cash reward of Rs 8 lakh has been declared on the head of Chaoyai alias Pukhrambam, Mani Meetei and Sagolsem. A reward of Rs 6 lakh has been declared on the head of Sanatomba, while cash reward of Rs 4 lakh has been declared on Sanatomba, Khaba, Khwairakpa, Nongyai alias Nongphai, CPL Joseph, Balin and Kanta alias Sants,” the official said.

It was a big terrorist ambush on Assam Rifles that happened in the Singhat sub-division of Manipur’s Churachandpur district. Commanding officer of the Assam Rifles unit, his family members and three paramilitary force personnel lost their lives in the ambush. The Assam Rifles officials were on their way to attend a Civil Action Programme when they were ambushed and killed.

The PLA was found to be involved in the matter. A case was lodged and the investigation was handed over to the NIA.

“If any person is having any information of importance on these suspects, leading to their arrest or apprehension, the information may be shared with NIA,” said the NIA official. (IANS)

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