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Post-ambush, minister reviews law and order in Manipur

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday met top officials, including of intelligence agencies, and directed security forces to take all necessary action against militants involved in the killing of six Assam Rifles personnel in Manipur, official sources here said.

The minister also directed union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi to conduct a review at his level in the security establishment, the sources said.

Six troopers of 29 Assam Rifles were killed when their convoy was ambushed on Sunday in Manipur’s Chandel district by insurgents of Corcom, an apex body of six proscribed underground organisations (Coordination Committee), officials said.

The attackers also snatched four AK-47 assault rifles, an INSAS rifle and a light machine gun, besides ammunition, before fleeing the spot. The incident happened in an area bordering Myanmar.

Singh expressed “pain” over the killing of the Assam Rifles personnel and said the government was monitoring the situation.

“Extremely pained to learn of the killing of Assam Rifles JCO and jawans in Manipur. My condolences to the families of the deceased soldiers,” Rajnath Singh tweeted.

He said in another tweet: “Spoke to DG Assam Rifles who apprised me of the situation in Manipur. MHA is closely monitoring and reviewing the situation in the state.”

On June 4, 2015, the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang and other underground groups ambushed an army convoy in Chandel district, killing 18 personnel of the Dogra Regiment and injuring 14 others.

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