A huge Indian military operation to checkmate separatist rebels in the country's northeastern borders with Myanmar has started, officials told Indian TV channels on Wednesday.
"India Today" TV said 40,000 Indian troops -- perhaps all units under the third Indian army corps -- are involved in the operation that covers the states of Nagaland and Manipur.
India's junior Home minister Khiren Rijuju told the “India Today" TV that Myanmar was” fully cooperating" in the operation.
But he refused to discuss “operational details”.
"India Today" said the Myanmar army was involved in a 'parallel operation" on their side of the border to "choke the separatists.”
It said Indian and Myanmar forces were into "sharing real-time intelligence” on the separatist’smovements.
The channel showed some detailed TV footage of Naga and Manipuri rebels training in a camp inside Myanmar.
It appears the video had been recovered from a top National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Khaplang (NSCN –K) leader Khumio Abi Anal who was arrested in Manipur's Chandel district, not far from the site of the 4 June ambush in which 18 Indian soldiers were killed.
The NSCN-K had claimed responsibility for the 4 June attack.
Anal seems to have told his interrogators after his arrest that the NSCN-K and Manipur's Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) were preparing to attack Indian forces in the northeast to avenge special forces raids on their border camps on 9June.
This seems to have prompted the current Indian military operations.