In a major success in counter-insurgency operations, security forces in Assam gunned down six hardcore militants in Karbi Anglong district in the early hours of Friday.
According to Indian Army sources, troopers from 5 Gorkha Rifles, acting on an intelligence input, neutralised six hardcore Karbi Peoples Liberation Tigers (KPLT) militants, including a self-styled area commander of the outfit, in a swift and surgical operation.
“On receiving specific inputs on presence of a KPLT camp in the dense Nambor Reserve Forest in East Karbi Anglong District of Assam, the Indian Army, along with forces of the Assam Police, launched a joint operation in the afternoon of September 22, to nab the terrorists and destroy their camp. Around 0100hrs on September 23, the troops observed the camp with armed terrorists. On being challenged, the terrorists opened indiscriminate fire on the troops. They were neutralised in the ensuing gun battle,” said Guwahati-based defence spokesperson Lt.Col Suneet Newton.
A large quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered from the militant hideout in the area. The recoveries included one INSAS rifle, one 7.62mm self-loading rifle, one country-made rifle, hand grenades, ammunition of all types, fired cases and solar chargers.
“The operation has been one of the most successful in the recent times and has led to near decimation of KPLT, which has been the most prominent anti-national group active in West and East Karbi Anglong districts of Assam.This synergised pattern of operations has been lauded by the locals and the civil authorities, who have witnessed a rapid transformation in the security situation in the area, which has provided for execution of development projects,” Lt Col Newton added.