IMPHAL, Mar 27: High tension erupted among the villagers of two neighbouring villages, Chasad and Kamjong in Ukhrul district, in the aftermath of a gunfight between suspected cadres of Kuki National Army, KNA and National Socialist Council of Nagalim, NSCN (IM) last night which resulted in the death of a suspected KNA cadre and wounding of two others.
The slain person was identified as Alal, 28, son of Halkhojang of Phaikot village. He succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital.
One of the two wounded cadres was identified as Paothang, 35, son of Sheizang Kuki of Chasad village in Ukhrul district. He received a bullet at the left chest.
The other one, Thangnio, 30, son of Thanglun of Aishi village suffered wounds at the eye and head.
They have been admitted at different wards in a hospital.
The wounded cadres were brought by troops of 1st Assam Rifles to the RIMS hospital this morning at around 7 am. However, one of them was declared brought dead at the hospital. The dead body was, later, deposited at RIMS morgue for official identification.
Troops of Assam Rifles led by one naik subedar Balbir along with two villagers John Kuki and Thangnion Kuki brought the wounded persons.
Police reports said that last night at around 6.30 pm a group of well equipped suspected NSCN(IM) cadres fired upon three suspected cadres of KNA who were at a village market located between Chasad and Kamjong village under Chasad police station.
Local reports said that the incident took place when three cadres of suspected KNA who came to the small market in between Chasad and Kamjong were fired upon by suspected cadres of NSCN (IM). The firing took place when one of the suspected KNA cadre was at a PCO booth while two others were waiting outside the PCO.
Following the gunfight additional security forces were deployed in the area as high tension prevailed among the villagers of Chasad and Kamjong.
However, no untoward incident was reported from the two villages.
Imphal Free Press