The Adi Bane Kebang (ABK) has slammed the insurgent outfits – Manipur Naga Revolutionary Front (MNRF) and Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) for their ‘fake’ claims of shooting down the Indian Army’s Advanced Light Combat helicopter near Tuting in Arunachal Pradesh on October 21.
Addressing a press conference on Thursday, the spokesperson of ABK – Vijay Taram termed the press release circulated on WhatsApp and published by several media houses, citing that the MNRF and PLA had claimed responsibility for shooting down the army helicopter as ‘fake’.
“The assertions made by the rebel groups are completely baseless and unfounded, and the ABK firmly rejects such misleading information on the unfortunate incident,” – he stated.
Additionally, he urged the media community not to encourage such reports without conducting research.
“The Adi community will never tolerate such anti-national conducts in the state, particularly along the regions inhabited by the Adi citizens. Moreover, there are no such insurgent groups in the Upper Siang district,” Taram said.
He claimed that the Adi people have consistently supported the Indian Army, which has been manning the state’s frontiers for centuries.
It is worth noting that the Indian Army’s Advanced Light Helicopter (Weapon Systems Integrated) took off from Likabali (near the Assam border) crashed along the General Area of Migging, South of Tuting in Arunachal Pradesh at 10:43 AM on October 21.
The search and rescue operation ended on October 22 with the recovery of mortal remains of the fifth Army personnel. The Indian Army has released the names of fallen Bravehearts along with their photographs. They have been identified as – Maj Vikas Bhambhu, Maj Mustafa Bohara, CFN Tech AVN (AEN) Aswin K V, Hav (Opr) Biresh Sinha, NK (Opr) Rohitashva Kumar.
Earlier, the Defence PRO informed that moments before the chopper crashed in a forested area near Tuting in Upper Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh, the pilots had sent a ‘May day’ call over the radio to the air traffic control suggesting a technical or mechanical failure.
“This will form the focus of the Court of Inquiry, which has been immediately constituted to investigate the causes of the accident. The weather was good for flying operations. The pilots had more than 600 combined flying hours on ALH-WSI and over 1800 service flying hours between them,” – he added.
Earlier on October 5, an Indian Army pilot was killed after the Indian Army’s Cheetah helicopter, flying in the forward area, crashed near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. This unfortunate incident occurred at Nyamjang Chu near Bap Teng Kang waterfall area of Jemeithang circle in Tawang district; when the helicopter with two pilots was coming from the Surwa Samba area on a routine sortie.