An eerie silence has prevailed in Tobu area of Mon district along Indo-Myanmar border following the ambush on an Assam Rifles convoy on Saturday.
Two Assam Rifles personnel were killed and four others injured in the attack.
The attack, suspected to be carried out by the Yung Aung-led faction of NSCN (Khaplang) at Changlangshu village, around 20 km from Toub town, has created an atmosphere of insecurity among the public in the area.
A meeting was held at Bumei village to discuss the situation on Monday.
The Mon district administration, police and high-ranking officials of Assam Rifles, Konyak Union president Manlip Konyak and Tobu Area Students Union president Sangti Konyak among others attended the meeting.
Sources said it was informed in the meeting that the Assam Rifles would launch operation in the area anytime to apprehend those responsible for the attack.
When contacted, Mon deputy commissioner Thavaseelan K. said the situation in the area is under control contrary to what has been circulated on the social media.
“Nothing to worry about. Will ensure safety of public,” Thavaseelan said.
Tobu Area Students’ Union president Sangti Konyak said the pubic have been advised not to wear camouflage clothes to avoid mistaken identity till the situation returns to normalcy.
The students’ union also circulated WhatsApp messages to make the public aware of the prevailing situation.
The union, as per the earlier resolution of the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO), has resolved not to allow any kind of violence in its jurisdiction.
Tobu area is under ENPO jurisdiction.
Meanwhile, the Konyak Nyupuh Sheko Khong (mothers association) will take out a rally at 10 am on Tuesday to protest against the ambush on the Assam Rifles personnel and for peace.
The rally will be joined by all the civil society organisations and the public.
The ENPO, along with six federating tribal bodies and two frontal organisations, condemned the ambush.
In a joint statement, the organisations said the incident was contrary to the December 18 Tuensang Resolution that was based on popular public prayer and demand for peace and tranquillity within ENPO jurisdiction.
The organisations appealed to all concerned to honour the sentiments of public for peace and tranquility and refrain from merciless killings.