The Indian Army has conducted a surgical strike against Naga militants along the India-Myanmar border. The Eastern Command of the Indian Army in a tweet confirmed that heavy casualties have been inflicted on NSCN (K) cadre.
The tweet also said that no casualties were suffered by Indian security forces. An earlier tweet dismissed reports of casualties to the Indian Army personnel. It also said that firefighting occurred along the India-Myanmar border at 4.45am today.
The Army’s Eastern Command made clear it didn’t cross the international border.
Army further said a firefight was triggered after a column of the Indian Army was attacked by insurgents. Own troops reacted swiftly and brought down heavy retaliatory fire on the insurgents,” said an Army statement.The Army said Wednesday’s small operation was nothing like the Special Forces’ cross-border raid to destroy two Naga insurgent camps inside Myanmar in June 2015.
It added that a few media reports of casualties suffered by the Army were factually incorrect. Firefight occurred along Indo-Myanmar border at 0445 hrs today,” tweeted the Eastern Air Command. Earlier this month, the Army carried out a major operation against the NSCN (K) near the Indo-Myanmar border in Arunachal Pradesh.
At the time, the Army destroyed a temporary hideout of the militants and recovered an AK-47 rifle, ammunition and radio sets in the operation near Votnu village in Longding district, a senior army official said.
Myanmar is one of India’s strategic neighbours and shares a 1,640-km-long border with a number of northeastern states including Arunachal Pradesh, militancy-hit Nagaland and Manipur.
Army sources said similar operations against NSCN (K) have been taking place in Changlang and Kunnu areas since late August. An NSCN (K) militant was killed near Kunnu village on September 1.
India has been concerned over some militant groups from the Northeast region taking shelter in Myanmar. The country has been assuring India that it would not allow any insurgent group to use its territory against India. In June, 2015, the Indian Army had carried out an operation in areas near the India-Myanmar against the NSCN (K) militants, days after militants had killed 18 Army men in Manipur.
The National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang abrogated the ceasefire it signed in 2001 with the Indian government, on March 27, 2015, just a month before the truce was up for renewal.Subsequently, its chief SS Khaplang’s rebels went on a killing spree, attacking Indian soldiers in Nagaland and Manipur.
The outfit even mounted the deadly ambush on a convoy of the 6 Dogra Regiment in Manipur’s Chandel district on June 4, 2015, in which 18 soldiers were killed. Khaplang died on June 9 in Taka in Myanmar’s Sagaing Division.