New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today arrested a self-styled regional commander of Naga militant outfit NSCN-K who masterminded the June 4 ambush on an Indian Army convoy in Manipur.

According to the NIA, Khumlo Abi Anal, regional commander of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K), was arrested from Chandel district of Manipur.

Eighteen Army personnel were killed and 15 seriously wounded on June 4 when a convoy of 6 Dogra Regiment was ambushed by NSCN-K militants in Paraolong village in Chandel district bordering Myanmar.  After the deadly massacre, Indian Army had launched insurgent operation in Myanmar border area.

An all-out offensive was launched to trace and eliminate the militants involved in Manipur ambush. The Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur was closed to stop the militants fleeing to the neighbouring country.

The Home Minister ordered that no militant involved in the attack should be allowed to go scot free and strongest possible action should be taken against all those involved in the ambush. The Central government took the incident very seriously and directed that all installations of the security forces in Manipur and Nagaland be put on high alert to foil any attempt by the militants to strike again. The top security brass of the country was anguished over the killing of such a large number of Army men.

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