Sagaing, Myanmar: In a major offensive against United Liberation Front of Assam-Independent (ULFA-I), the Myanmarese Army seized two ‘military training schools’ run by the rebel group within the ‘territory’ of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) at Taga in Myanmar’s Sagaing Division on January 29, as per sources.
Apart from the two training schools, two stations southwest of Taka village, a temporary base station north of Taka and a station west of Taka were also ‘occupied’ by the Tatmadaw, the official name of the armed forces of Myanmar, during the offensive.
The Myanmarese Army launched ‘clearance operations’ against the NSCN-K because it believed that the Naga militant outfit was reportedly delivering training to some Assam-based armed groups. Six members of the NSCN-K and two of ULFA-I were arrested during the operation.
The Army also seized various documents and video footage that reportedly shows Assam-based militants staying in the NSCN-K land, said sources.
The sources further said that they found documents and video footage of the ULFA military training schools in the area. No casualties were reported till the filing of this report.
A huge amount of arms and ammunition were recovered during the operation.
The camps, where the Myanmarese Army launched the attack, were reportedly located near the headquarters of the NSCN-K. The Tatmadaw has already taken control of the NSCN-K camp in the the Naga self-administered zone of Sagaing region.
A military column consisting of over 400 troops from six battalions, led by the Hkamti district tactical commander under the Tatmadaw’s North-West Command, had taken control of the NSCN-K’s headquarters ‘without a shot being fired’.
As per reports, the rebel group withdrew its troops and let the Tatmadaw occupy its headquarters so as not to disrupt the peace process between that exists between the group and the Myanmarese government.
In 2012, NSCN-K signed a regional-level peace agreement with Myanmarese government. Although Naypyidaw has been urging the Naga rebel group to sign a nationwide ceasefire agreement, it reportedly does not want to sign unless and until it reaches an agreement that covers all the Naga people who live in Northeast India as well as Myanmar.
The NSCN is a Naga nationalist insurgent group operating mainly in Northeast India, with minor activities in northwest Myanmar until 2012. The main goal of the organisation is to establish a sovereign Naga state, ‘Nagalim’, which would consist of all the areas inhabited by the Naga people in Northeast India and Northwest Myanmar.
There are two major factions of NSCN – NSCN-K and NSCN-IM. While NSCN-IM entered into a ceasefire agreement in 1997 and has maintained it since then, the pact with NSCN-K was broken after the group attacked a military convoy in Manipur in 2015. It was then that NSCN-K was designated as a terrorist organisation under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
In Myanmar, however, NSCN-K has reportedly not had any clash with the Myanmarese Army since 2000.