Indian Army assault team on Friday launched an attack on NSCN (K) camp located at Tsera near Layshi village inside Myanmar bordering Avangkhu village of Nagaland.
The assault team of the 12 Para commando (SF), consisting of around 28 personnel, reportedly trekked inside Myanmar for several days and launched the attack while the 46 Assam Rifles were on standby in Nagaland side. Army had identified several camps along the border, and subsequently launched the operation.
The heavy exchange of gun-fire took place around 2.30 p.m. on Friday, during which the NSCN (K) camp was completely destroyed, army sources said.
The camp belonged to ‘brig.’ Kurichu Pochury of the NSCN (K), sources added.
According to some villagers, there were around 10-15 cadres of the NSCN (K) inside the camp. Besides the firing, the villagers said they also heard sound of blasts-- reportedly grenade or lathode.
Since the assault team was unable to go inside and carry out search of the camp, army suspect that the NSCN (K) may have suffered heavy casualty. However, there have been no reports of any casualties so far.
According to sources, massive reinforcements have reached the bordering villages. It was also reported that security forces reached Koki village in Myanmar, neighbouring Old Thewati village of Nagaland.
India is said to have expressed serious concern at the recruitment drive launched by NSCN (K) by abducting nine youth from Naga villages bordering Myanmar.
Security forces accused NSCN (K)’s ‘brig’ Kurichu and chairman of Tisary region, Y Asang of abductions and forceful recruitment. They said that the two functionaries had acted on the orders of SS Khaplang and ‘lt. gen.’ Niki Sumi.
Government of India had appealed to Myanmar during the joint consultative commission meeting to act against Khaplang and others for engineering the abductions.
It may be mentioned that the National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Thursday announced Rs.17 lakh bounty for any information on NSCN (K) chief S.S. Khaplang (Rs. 7 lakhs) and the its military chief Niki Sumi (Rs. 10 lakh).
The National Investigating Agency had registered a case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Arms Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in connection with the attack.