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Security Agency Report : Northeastern insurgents groups are recruiting locals in Myanmar

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New Delhi: The security agencies claim northeastern insurgents groups are recruiting locals and withholding strong defence positions in Myanmar as per the latest report. The National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) headed by Yung Aung has created a strong base inside Myanmar and various NSCN groups are planning to attack security forces at vulnerable points in the NorthEast region.

Recently, Indian foreign secretary Harsh Shringla and Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane were on a two-day visit to Myanmar and diplomat talks were held between the two countries regarding joint actions against insurgents groups operating in the North East regions and in Myanmar.

The report also reveals the concerns over growing activities of insurgents groups previously, For instance an attack was carried on border security force in the Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh, in which an Assam Rifles soldier was martyred while another was hurt in an ambush. Police suspect that around 30 insurgents belonging to the Paresh Baruah faction of United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA-Independent) and the Yung Aung faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) are behind the ambush.

Recently, 22 insurgents, active in Assam and northeast states were handed over to the Indian government this year in the month of May by the Myanmar military. The insurgents, wanted in Manipur and Assam for a long time, were brought back by a special plane. This is in a first when the Myanmar government has acted on India’s request to hand over the leaders of the northeast insurgents groups. Among those were deported by the Myanmar government, 12 of the 22 insurgents are linked with UNLF, PREPAK (Pro), KYKL and PLA whereas the remaining 10 are associated with Assam groups such as NDFB(S) and KLO.

Indian and Myanmar Armies had carried out a joint coordinated operation in their respective borders against Arakan Army and other rebel groups under the code name ‘Operation Sunrise’ to secure the Kaladan Project. The Arakan Army has set up several camps in areas across Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district, posing a threat to the Kaladan Project. This project is being viewed as India’s gateway to Southeast Asia.

Last year in the month of November, Chinese weapons were seized in Shan State by the Burmese Army including surface to air missiles. The 39 M-22 assault rifles, 29 medium machine guns, 69 M-21 assault rifles, nine M-16 assault rifles, 21-RPG, and one FN-6-man portable air defence system which is the shoulder-fired surface to air missile were part of the seized weapons

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