Itanagar: Six NSCN(IM) insurgents were killed in an encounter with security forces in Khonsa area of Arunachal Pradesh early this morning as per reports. An Assam Rifles soldier is reported to have sustained injuries during the gunfire but the injured jawan is stable and is receiving medical aid at a military hospital.
Khonsa is in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh, and is at a distance of 50 km from Tinsukia, a leading industrial belt in Assam. The encounter took place at around 4:30 am where six long-range weapons like four AK-47 and 2 Chinese MQ, about 5 kilos of explosive, 1 kilo of pipe IED were recovered from the spot.
This was joint a operation conducted by the Assam Rifles and Arunachal Pradesh Police. The operation was launched by Assam Rifles based on specific intelligence inputs that armed insurgents were present in the general area of Khonsa in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh.
The National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) or NSCN (IM) is a insurgent outfit fighting for a separate homeland for Naga people from last several decades.