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India-Myanmar border sees consolidation of insurgents

NEW DELHI, OCT 9 (AGENCIES): | Publish Date: 10/9/2020 12:53:56 PM IST

  The NSCN (K) led by Yung Aung, is consolidating its position inside Myanmar and various NSCN groups are planning to attack security forces at vulnerable points in the North East region, a Defence Aviation Post report said, quoting security agencies reports.

Indian foreign secretary Harsh Shringla and Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane were on a two-day visit to Myanmar recently. 

It is said that talks were held between the two countries about joint actions against insurgents groups operating in the North East regions and in Myanmar.

Security agencies reports also mentions that various insurgent groups have become active during the past few months and have already carried out several attacks on security forces.

Meanwhile, a report in the Hindustan Times, citing assessment by central intelligence agencies, had stated Indian Insurgent Groups (IIGs) operating from Myanmar, particularly ULFA-I (United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent), NSCN (K), led by Yung Aung and others, were trying to relocate their bases near the border due to persistent action by the Myanmar Army over the last few months.

People familiar with the developments told HT that ULFA-I and NSCN-K were keeping a close watch on both Indian security forces and the Myanmar Army to save its cadres from action.

ULFA-I was relocating its cadres with the help of NSCN-K to safer hideouts.

A counter-insurgency official, requesting anonymity, argued that the cadres of North East-based outfits have always moved to different locations whenever there has been action by the Myanmar Army. 

“Over the last few years, there has been more coordinated action against these outfits by both Indian and Myanmar armies and rebels have faced huge setbacks but they always manage to move to a different location,” the official said.

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