ALAPPUZHA: The body of the Assam Rifles soldier, Sajeevan, who was killed in an ambush by suspected Naga militants in Nagaland last Sunday was brought to his native place. The body reached Nedumbassery Airport at 7.30 pm and was brought to Kayamkulam at 11 pm. Cremation will be held at his house premises on Thursday morning.
Sajeevan, 37, son of Sukumaran of Kappasseril House Malamelbhagom, Kareelakulangara near Kayamkulam, died in the attack when the bomb planted by the terrorists exploded at Changlangsu in Upper Keniyak region in the Mon district of Nagaland. Seven others were also killed in the explosion. 18 soldiers of 23rd Assam Rifles was travelling in a truck to fetch water from a stream near Changlangsu village at around 2.30 pm on Sunday when they were ambushed upon by militants, who is suspected to be National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) cadres. Three soldiers died instantly. There was retaliatory firing from Assam Rifles and eight soldiers and a militant have died. Six soldiers have also sustained injuries and four others have gone missing.Sajeevan, who was the driver of the van, died on the spot.