The banned People’s Liberation Army (PLA), through its political wing, the Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF), claimed responsibility for orchestrating an attack on Assam Rifles personnel using an improvised explosive device (IED). The ambush took place in Manipur’s Tengnoupal district, near the state’s border with Myanmar.
Provocation at Border
According to a statement by the RPF’s assistant publicity secretary, Bangkim, the attack occurred around 8 am between Narum and Saibol villages, approximately 20 km from the Moreh border town. The assailants targeted a team of Assam Rifles on board a Casspir vehicle.
The RPF stated that the attack was part of a mission by a special PLA team to inspect Moreh town. The town had experienced widespread violence after May 3, 2023, following controversial policies implemented by the central government. Before this date, all communities in Moreh coexisted peacefully.
Swift Action and Return
The PLA team involved in the action reportedly returned to their base camps safely after carrying out the mission. Meanwhile, Assam Rifles personnel, engaged in routine area domination patrolling, promptly retaliated during the ambush. The exchange of gunfire lasted for over thirty minutes.
Investigation and Outcome
Following the incident, a joint team comprising Tengnoupal district police and additional Assam Rifles forces rushed to the location to conduct investigations. However, no arrests or casualties on either side were reported as a result of the ambush. The area near the Manipur-Myanmar border remains under scrutiny due to its strategic significance and history of insurgent activities.