Shillong, June 08: The mortal remains of Army Major, David Manlun who was killed in a gun battle between security forces and militants in Nagaland will be laid to rest at the Assam Regimental Centre’s cemetery in Shillong today.
His body was flown to Shillong on Wednesday evening.
Manlun, an Army Major of the 164 Brigade of the Territorial Army was killed on Tuesday night in a gun fight between a combined team of Para commandos and Territorial Army and the militants of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) and the United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) at Lapa Lempong hilltop, Oting village in Nagaland’s Mon district.
Three militants were also killed in the exchange of fire, besides a civilian who was an autorickshaw driver, who allegedly ferried the militants.
Three other jawans sustained injuries.
An AK-56 assault rifle, two Chinese-made AK rifles, two grenades, three improvised explosive devices and 270 cartridges of AK-series firearms were seized from the spot.
Siampu Manlun, the brother of the martyred Army officer, said his brother always wanted to join the Army and serve the country, and was inspired by their father who had served in the Army.
Manlun did his schooling from St. Anthony’s School and graduation from St Anthony’s College, Shillong in 2005.
Siampu said that his brother did his MBA in Delhi and later passed the Combined Defence Service examination.
Manlun’s father M. Khamzalam, a retired Army officer, who expressed sad over the tragedy, but felt proud of his son who has done his duty and given his life for the country.