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Myanmar Army continues crackdown on Northeast insurgent groups

Altogether 4 NSCN (K) members nabbed, 53 weapons and assorted ammunition seized after 11-day-long operation.

Kalyan Deb

Sagaing, Myanmar: At a time when the entire nation is demanding strict measures against the Pulwama terror attack, the Tatmadaw (the Myanmar Army) is continuing its crackdown on Northeast India’s insurgent groups. Troops of the armed forces carried out another operation and nabbed four members of SS Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) and also seized 53 weapons and assorted ammunition during the operation. The operation was carried out near Takar village in the ‘Naga self-administered zone’ of Sagaing region, Myanmar, between February 8 and 19.

Office of the commander-in-chief of Myanmar said that the troops will continue their operations to prevent infiltration by insurgents into the 'Naga self-administered zone' and provide stability in the area.

A similar offensive was carried out on January 29 this year by the Myanmar army and seized two ‘military training schools’ run by (NSCN-K) at Taga in Myanmar’s Sagaing Division. Six members of the NSCN-K and two of ULFA-I including a huge cache of arms and ammunition were also seized by the Tatmadaw.

In 2018, India and Myanmar had come to an agreement to take stern action against insurgent groups operating within their territories. The countries had also agreed to take action in preventing smuggling of narcotic drugs and wildlife and manage the international borders, including implementation of subsidiary pillars to demarcate the border.