The ongoing “Operation Sunrise-II”, a joint operation of India and Myanmar in the Myanmar side of Naga hills have entered the final stage as the operation have neutralized a major chunk of North East insurgents including the NSCN(K) militants, nabbing 72 of them and destroying the main HQ leaving all of them on run.
Although the NSCN (K) have been in retreat mode and avoiding direct confrontation with both the armies, the NSCN(K) are now saying that would no longer retreat but there would be a faceoff with the army, which the Army top bosses feels as empty threats to slow down the army advances.
The army is rather getting ready to start the Operation-Sunrise -III , which is a mopping up in nature, to wipe off all the militant groups still surviving in the Taga region of Northern Myanmar adjoining Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.
This is the biggest operation of recent times and Army controlled the flow of information so that it does not distract the operation while it was on, the source said.
The armies of India and Myanmar carried out a three-week-long coordinated operation from May 16 in their respective border areas, targeting several militant groups operating in Manipur, Nagaland and Assam, Defence sources said on Sunday.
The first phase of “Operation Sunrise” was conducted three months ago along the Indo-Myanmar border, during which a number of camps of North East-based militant groups were busted.
Myanmar is one of the strategic neighbours of India and shares a 1,640-km border with a number of Northeastern States, including the militancy-hit Nagaland and Manipur.
Sources said during “Operation Sunrise 2”, the armies coordinated with each other to bust camps of militant outfits, including the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), NSCN (Khaplang), United Liberation Front of Assam (I) and National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB).
They said at least six dozen militants belonging to these groups were nabbed and several of their camps destroyed during the operation. Besides the Indian Army, troops from the Assam Rifles were also part of the operation.
In the first phase of “Operation Sunrise”, the Indian Army targeted members of the Arakan Army, an insurgent group in Myanmar, who were opposed to the Kaladan multi-modal transit transport project.
According to security agencies, there were over 50 camps of insurgent groups from the North East in Myanmar till last year.