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Imphal: A soldier was killed when suspected militants ambushed a convoy of the Assam Rifles along the Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur’s Ukhrul district on Monday.

Assam Rifles officials said that the attack took place at Phukai Kuki village area under Kamjong subdivision in Ukhrul district, located close to the border. The militants first ambushed the convoy with improvised explosive devices (IED) and then fired at the convoy indiscriminately, seriously injuring an junior commissioned officer, who died on the spot.

“We suspect the hands of Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) behind the attack,” the officials said.

PLA is the armed wing of armed wing of Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF), one of the major militant outfits operating in Manipur.

Although the security forces retaliated immediately, there was no report of any injury on the side of the militants. The gun fighting continued for more than one hour, the officials said.

The incident took place about two weeks after the state government on October 12 imposed prohibitory orders along a three-km radius of the Indian-Myanmar border in Ukhrul, Churachandpur and Chandel districts to stop cross border movement of terrorists as well as smuggling of contraband items and firearms.

The prohibitory orders restricts anyone from travel in the area between 6 p.m. till 4 a.m. without prior approval from the Assam Rifles manning the border areas.

(IANS)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurates Eight Projects in Manipur

Modi arrived at Imphal amid a shutdown and boycott imposed by some underground organisations protesting against his visit

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated eight projects during his one-hour visit to Manipur on Friday.

He also laid the foundation stones of four other projects which will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 1,500 crore.

Despite a boycott call given by some insurgent outfits, there was a huge crowd at Hapta Kangjeibung where Narendra Modi addressed a public meeting.

Modi said that most of the projects were delayed by the previous Congress government, thereby wasting more money. “If the projects had been completed without delay, people would have benefitted,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that helicopter services had been introduced for the people and the construction of the Jiribam-Toupul rail line was progressing.

He said that 18,000 remote villages in Manipur had been electrified.

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Narendra Modi praised Manipuri women for being in the forefront in all spheres. He recalled how Mary Kom, the international pugilist, had won fame for India.

“It is in appreciation of the brilliant sportspersons of Manipur that the National Sports University was opened in Manipur,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that Delhi was now closer to the northeastern region. He said: “As Prime Minister, I have visited the region 30 times.”

He said the Integrated Check Post at Moreh, the border town of Manipur, will benefit the people of both India and Myanmar in trade and tourism.

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Modi arrived at Imphal amid a shutdown and boycott imposed by some underground organisations protesting against his visit.

Normal life was disrupted during the shutdown. All shops, commercial institutes, schools and colleges were shut. (IANS)