India, Myanmar crackdown on NE militants

India, Myanmar crackdown on NE militants

Agency News

In a major coordinated operation the Myanmar and  Indian Armies have carried out a three-week action from May 16 in their respective border areas and smashed several militant groups operating in Manipur, Nagaland and Assam as part of Operation Sunrise.

In  Operation  Sunrise's second phase both armies blasted camps of Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), the NSCN (Khaplang), the United Liberation Front of Assam (I) and the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB).

Myanmar shares a 1,640-km border with India and these militants regularly cross into the bordering north-eastern states like Nagaland and Manipur.

Both countries enjoy good bilateral ties, with India regularly making a push for deeper coordination between the two armies while guarding the border to stop unwanted elements from entering into the north-east.

During the operation, at least six dozen terrorists belonging to multiple groups and factions were nabbed while several camps were destroyed.

According to sources, the two sides are expected to launch the third phase of the operation soon depending on actionable intelligence and the ground situation.

Apart from the Indian Army, Assam Rifles also took part in the operation.

In June 2015, India had launched surgical strikes against NSCN(K) militants in areas near the Indo-Myanmar border, after militants killed 18 army men in Manipur.

In the first phase of 'Operation Sunrise', Myanmar-based insurgency group Arakan Army was targeted, a group which has been opposing the Kaladan multi-modal transit transport project.

This transit transport project is perceived as India's gateway to Southeast Asia.

Both India and Myanmar entered into a framework agreement in April 2008 to initiate the implementation of the project. Once completed, it will help connect Mizoram with the Sittwe Port in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Apart from this, India is also planning to extend the Aizawl-Saiha National Highway by 90 km to the international border at the remote Zorinpui.