After heavy losses, Naga group in Myanmar dugs in

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After heavy loses in the hands of Myanmar an Indian army, the intelligence source now confirmed that the NSCN(K) have dug in and ready for retaliation if the Myanmarese army further pushes on.

The Maynamrese army easily overran their base at Taga in the last part of May in the Sagging division but latest report suggest that NSCN(K) is not retreating any more but dug in for an all out offensive for fight to finish.

Indian Security forces are taking inputs about the top leadership of Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) or NSCN (K) giving orders for reopening of the base area and council headquarters at Taga seriously.

The reports are being shared with Myanmarese counterparts, sources in the security establishment said.

Joint operations against NSCN (K) were launched in early February this year, after Indian agencies provided specific information and all aid to their Myanmar Army as part of a joint crackdown to destroy their camps in Taga that led to many of their leaders being taken in custody by the Myanmar Army.

There were several camps in Taga, Myanmar belonging to various Northeastern groups, majority belonging to NSCN (K)- the most deadly Naga separatist group.

The Myanmar military has quietly staged a huge success along the remote western borders of the country against separatist Naga rebels and their allies originally from India’s Northeast after major operations in the last four months.

Inmates at two big establishments of the Khaplang faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K), called the General Headquarters (GHQ), and Second Battalion in Sagaing Division were forced to evacuate after being pounded by mortar shells.

While the GHQ was the nearest to the India-Myanmar border across Mon in Nagaland, the Second Battalion camp was located around 20 kilometers further east in the Konyak Naga region. Sources in NSCN(K) alleged that a few villages inhabited by Konyak Nagas like Chenhoyat and Niensing were also raided by the army.

The offensive by the Tatmadaw—the Myanmar military—comes more than three months after the council headquarters of NSCN(K) at Taga was occupied in January.

All the camps and training facilities belonging to rebel groups from India’s Northeast (mainly the states of Assam and Manipur) located in Taga were dismantled. Thirty-six cadres including senior functionaries of the Naga outfit were detained at the army establishment in Khamti. Weeks later, five Nagas among them were jailed for violating the bilateral ceasefire agreement signed in 2012 after they were found assisting Indian insurgent groups.

On May 27 in a statement, the NSCN(K) claimed that a “war like situation” had been created in the Naga inhabited region as a result of the “joint political and military operation” by Myanmar and India, which it claimed has also violated the ceasefire ground rules.

In a press release that also spelled out the salient points of ceasefire agreement, it said that the Naga army has exercised “extreme restraint” and refused to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement since it was “alien” to the Nagas. NSCN(K) has stuck to its demand of sovereignty for the Naga-inhabited areas of Myanmar and India.

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