Myanmar-based militants pose new threat to northeast India


Cadres belonging to the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah), NSCN(I-M) during their group's 30th Republic Day celebrations at the Hebron camp about 40 kms from Dimapur town in Nagaland, northeast India in a stock photos from March 2010. Photo: EPA

Cadres belonging to the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah), NSCN(I-M) during their group's 30th Republic Day celebrations at the Hebron camp about 40 kms from Dimapur town in Nagaland, northeast India in a stock photos from March 2010. Photo: EPA

Militants operating in India’s northeastern state of Assam, and based over the border in Myanmar, are seeking to combine forces under one umbrella, posing a new threat to Indian rule, reports The Times of India on April 25.

The anti-talks faction of United Liberation Front of Assam, National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang), National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) and Meitei groups of Manipur have formed a common platform of several militant groups in the region based in Myanmar, posing a “fresh threat to the Assam Police,” reports the newspaper.

NSCN (K) chairman SS Khaplang is the chairman of this new platform named United Liberation Front of West South East Asia. Khaplang recently pulled out of a ceasefire agreement with the central Indian government.

A local Assam Police official told the newspaper he had recently received information on the formation of this new platform.

ULFA (Independent), NDFB(S) and the other groups, who are demanding secession, have been using the term Western South East Asia (WSEA) to describe the northeast region in place of Northeast India.

This new platform of NE militant outfits is said to be the third of this kind. 

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