Nagaland guv insists on stern action against militants

Nagaland guv insists on stern action against militants

KOHIMA: Nagaland Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya condemned the killing of eight security personnel in the state, adding that the government would initiate the strictest action against the militants responsible.

"Violence has no place in a democracy and the government would initiate the strictest action against the militants within the provisions of the law," he said in a statement.

Acharya, who is also the governor of Assam and Tripura, said that the innocent soldiers were killed in an ambush when they had gone to fetch drinking water, not in a combat.

Defence spokesman Sunit Newton said that the incident occurred at Mon district of Nagaland when militants gunned down seven Assam Rifles troopers and one Territorial Army personnel. Another nine personnel were also injured in the attack.

Assam Rifles officials suspect the Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) to be behind the attack.

The militant outfit had recently unilaterally abrogated the ceasefire agreement with the union government. The outfit had last month also targeted security forces in Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

(With inputs from agencies)

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