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Jawan killed in ambush ahead of Modi's Manipur rally

Last updated on: February 08, 2014 13:02 IST

An Assam Rifles jawan was killed and three others were seriously injured when insurgents ambushed a paramilitary force party at Lambisa in Manipur's Ukhrul district on Saturday.

Insurgents ambushed the security patrol minutes before the arrival of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to address a rally in Imphal.

They exploded a powerful bomb and opened fire at the road opening party of 44th Assam Rifles battalion, killing one jawan and injuring three others, officials said.

When the security forces returned fire, an encounter ensued lasting about an hour, they said. The injured jawans were taken to hospital.

Charging that people of the state were being "suppressed" by central forces in the name of dealing with insurgents, militant outfit United Revolutionary Front had given a call for boycotting Modi's visit.

Security measures have been tightened all over the state in view of Modi's visit.

Thirty personnel from the National Security Guard and the Gujarat police led by deputy general of police Gujarat have come to assist the security forces in Imphal.

Normal life was affected as the URF called for a general strike.

Image: Representation picture


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