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Three ZRF Cadres And One Civilian Killed in ZRA’s attack

Khonumthung News Group

Aizawl   9 June 2005: Zomi Revolutionary Army (ZRA) stormed a truck hauling some Zomi Revolutionary Front (ZRF) cadres and killed three ZRF and a civilian on Sunday in Manipur, India.

A truck transporting some ZRF cadres and civilians was reportedly intercepted by the ZRA between Sinzawl and Thanlawn village in Churachandpur District of Manipur state as an after match of the commandeering of two vehicles by the ZRF in Manipur-Mizoram state border recently.

Cit Naing, the ZRA spoke person confirmed the ambush and said, “ZRF were deserter from ZRA who joint the United National Liberation Front (UNLF) in order to retaliate us. It’s a sort of taking action against them for what they have done.”

“Our cadres have been seeking reprimand to this faction. We will shoot them anytime and anywhere we found them as they have broken the rules and regulations of ZRA. I strongly believe that this carnage will continue for sometime.” added Cit Naing.

According to the ZRA spoke person; the tension between ZRA and UNLF had escalated since 2000. The three-day long clash, when three ZRA were injured and about eight UNLF were considered killed, in the Manipur-Mizoram border was the latest fierce shoot out between the two groups.

Meanwhile, Newslink a Mizoram daily paper reported alleged on Wednesday that the ZRA were suspected to be involved in the commandeering and later return a TATA Sumo and a TATA 407 to Khawkawn village of Mizoram state.

The Newslink further reported that Joyce Pulamte, the daughter of one Pulamte, Rorelsang, a 4 years old boy, and a sick person, who was on his way to Churachandpur for medical treatment, were seriously injured in the ZRA’s ambush.

The civilian killed in the incident had been identified as Laltuoklien Pulamte (45) of Pherzawl village. However, the identities of the slain ZRF cadres were not disclosed.

The ZRF, Zogam Defense Volunteer (ZDV), and the United Socialist Revolutionary Army (USRA) are reportedly a defector from the ZRA. Clashes between these groups are frequent in Churachandpur District, Manipur and the villagers of these areas often flee to other places in order to avoid the wrath of groups’ clashes.

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