Armed Groups Clash In Tamenglong

IMPHAL, Mar 5: A fierce gun battle has reportedly ensued between the NSCN-IM and the newly floated Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) somewhere in Khoupum area of Tamenglong district today.

According to reports, one ZUF cadre was killed in the clash. The incident occurred at around 10.30 am. The slain cadre of ZUF has been identified as one Poule of Halflong, Assam.

However, the report is yet to be ascertained till filing of this report. Further details are awaited.

Meanwhile, Zeliangrong Students’ Union and Zeliangrong Youth Front said that the bodies take serious note of the incident. They termed the incident as “unfortunate”.

“We Nagas are striving hard for peace under the banner of Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) when such unfortunate incident happened,” said ZSU and ZYF. They appealed both the warring factions to stop the clash immediately in the larger interest of the Naga society.

It is worth noting that a Zeliangrong based militant outfit was floated with a slogan, “Zeliangrong Ringtelo,” meaning ‘Long live the Zeliangrong people’ on February 25, 2011.

The new underground outfit christened ZUF was floated with a primary aim to protect the Zeliangrong interest, it said.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express/ Newmai News Network)

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