Sushanta Roy is a journalist in the north eastern states of Assam and Meghalaya, India, who photographs and writes about the people, animals and flora, and the things that affect them.

A fierce encounter between police and UPRF (United People’s Revolutionary Front) in the heights of Singhason hill range of Karbi Anglong district ended in the deaths of two rebels of the underground organization this afternoon.

The Battleground

The severe gun battle took place between the security forces and the ethnic Kuki militants inside deep forest near Jolian village located in the most thorny terrain of Singhason hills under the command of Manja police station. The police station is around seventeen kilometers from Diphu, and the actual location of the battle zone is around forty-five kilometers from Manja.

Security forces recovered two AK47 rifles, substantial quantities of ammunition and incriminating documents from the slain cadres of the militant outfit after the encounter.

Earlier Assam DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta through social media said that “intermittent firing” is still underway at the encounter site.

“Braving the elements and extreme terrain, in an encounter Karbi Anglong police neutralized two militants belonging to United People’s Revolutionary Front today. 2 AK 47 has been recovered from them. Intermittent firing is going on at the encounter site,” the Assam DGP tweeted.

He mentioned that “The UPRF militants are actively working under the tutelage of poaching and Drug cartels of Churachandpur.”

“Congratulations to Team Karbi Anglong Police! You continue to do us proud” Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said in his message.

United People’s Revolutionary Front Leader

It may be mentioned here that in the month of September 2020 the self-styled commander-in-chief of the outfit Martin Kuki came to the limelight when he posed for a photograph with picnickers at Takalangso waterfall of Bokajan subdivision where the porch of Singhason hills is extended.

A few days after the jolly expose, Martin Kuki was shot down by the security forces in a predawn attack on his hideout.

UPRF cadres came out of hiding

On December 21 most UPRF cadres came out of hiding except Birappan and Arjun (pseudonym) who along with four cadres revisited the forest with weapons.

Arjun was later arrested by police and is now under judicial custody.

Birappan pulled together the speckled cadres and was carrying out insurgent activities including “poaching and Drug cartels of Churachandpur” as claimed by top Assam police officers.

In today’s encounter a number of armed cadres managed to escape from the conflict zone whole the two slain militants were fighting police.

Kuki Revolutionary Army
Kuki Revolutionary Army in 2016.