The National Investigation Agency on Monday arrested top leader of Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland allegedly involved in the conspiracy behind the killing of 18 Army personnel in Manipur on the Indo-Myanmar border.
40-year-old Khumlo Abi Anal has been sent to nine days remand. He allegedly met people before the attack and mapped the area a week before.
Confirming the arrest, NIA Director General said, “I confirm arrest of Manipur ambush accused NSCN-K leader Khumlo Abi Anal and brought to Delhi on transit remand Taken on Police remand We are hopeful of achieving breakthrough in the case soon.”
The Indian Army had earlier killed at least 20 terrorists belonging to Northeast insurgent groups who had ambushed a convoy of 6 Dogra Regiment in Chandel district of Manipur on June 4.
Special Forces in coordination with the Indian Air Force had launched a daring operation to neutralise insurgents near the Indo-Myanmar border.
The ambush on the 6 Dogra Regiment convoy, which was being deinducted from the area, was carried out by terror groups active on the Tengnoupal-New Samtal road between Paralong and Charong villages at about 9 AM, about 80 km from Manipur capital Imphal.
The army truck carrying soldiers and fuel was first hit by a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) following which the terrorists used rocket propelled grenades and automatic assault rifles to pin down the soldiers resulting in the heaviest casualty suffered by the force in over three decades. Eleven other soldiers were injured in the ambush.