Major David Manlun, the Indian Army officer who lost his life in the encounter in Nagaland on Wednesday, was lauded by Twitterati for his "supreme sacrifice" in the line of duty. Manlun, who originally hails from Manipur, was reportedly all set to join the National Security Guard (NSG).
One soldier, civilian and three terrorists were killed in an encounter that broke out between terrorists and security forces in the Lapa Lempong and Oting villages of Nagaland's Mon district just after 11:30 pm on Tuesday, June 6. The terrorists belonged to the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Khaplang (NSCN-K).
Major David Manlum, the deceased officer who led the operation in Mon district, was from the 164 Brigade of the Territorial Army Naga Battalion and attached with Assam Rifles. Three soldiers were also injured in the encounter.
The encounter broke out after the Assam Rifles and 12 Para Special Forces of the Indian Army launched a joint operation after receiving intel about the presence of terrorists in the area late on Tuesday (June 6).
"The incident took place when a team of jawans led by Major David Manlun had gone to Lappa, a remote area close to the Myanmar border with specific information about the presence of a group of... terrorists there. While the operation had begun, the terrorists lobbed a grenade and fired at the army, leading to the death of the Major," Lieutenant Colonel Chiranjeet Konwer, Kohima-based Defence PRO, told the Indian Express on Wednesday.
Major Manlun's body is being flown out to be sent to his family in Shillong.
Here's how the Twitterati reacted to his martyrdom:
— Maj Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) June 7, 2017
Army Major David Manlum makes the supreme sacrifice fighting ULFA/NSCN-K terrorists at midnight in Nagaland. Led from front. RIP Brave.
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) June 7, 2017
— Gita S. Kapoor (@GitaSKapoor) June 7, 2017
Major David Manlum gave supreme sacrifice on the line of duty in Nagaland this morning while fighting terrorists. Salute. pic.twitter.com/FcFAvmuJbV
— krishna mohan mishra (@kmmishrazee) June 7, 2017
3 Terrorists Killed In Encounter In Mon District, #Nagaland; 1 Jawan Martyred & 3 Soldiers Injured.
— Sir Jadeja (@SirJadeja) June 7, 2017