ITANAGAR, Oct 10, 2017: In a clash of claims made by the National Socialist Council of Nagaland – NSCN (K) and the Indian Army, conflicting reports have emerged regarding of an encounter at Nyausau, Longding District of Arunachal Pradesh today morning.
While the rebel groups claimed that a combined operation group comprising of around 70 Naga Army fighters using rockets, 40 mm, mortars, explosives and assorted automatic weapons inflicted heavy casualties of more than 40 Indian soldiers killed on the spot and many more injured, the Indian Army on the other hand, turned down such reports terming the claims as ‘mere propaganda’.
Earlier, NSCN (K) Military wing commander Isak Sumi claimed that an offensive attack was launched by 70 Naga Army fighters at Nyausau from 1am to 9am on Tuesday killing at least 40 Indian soldiers on the spot and many more injured. The reports have been circulated in social media platforms whereby the rebel group also claimed that no injury or casualties were inflicted on their side.
However, when contacted, Defence PRO (Kohima) Col Chiranjeet Konwer denied such claims stating “All reports being circulated on social media by these underground groups are towards creating sensationalism and are baseless and false.”
Col Konwer, however, confirmed that there was a firing last night at around 01.15 am. According to him, the Niausa COB was fired upon by the underground cadres where only 5 to 10 rounds of ineffective small arms fire and a Lathode grenade were fired upon the post.
The Defence PRO (Kohima) informed that the alert sentries retaliated forcing the underground cadres to run away while adding that the fire had to be controlled keeping in mind the safety of the villagers in the vicinity.
Furthermore, he reiterated that there were no casualties and no damage to property of COB adding that operations are being launched against fleeing cadres.