Myanmar Government unwilling to crack down on Indian rebels


Despite an intense effort from India, the Myanmar Government is reluctant to crack down on Indian militant groups that have taken refuge in its territory, reported the Times of India on 5 July. 

According to latest assessments, the report notes, Myanmar troops have visited a few militant camps that operate in India, and warned them to move out. “However, we do not see any solid action on their part,” an intelligence official is quoted as saying.

He pointed out that if Myanmar troops had carried out any serious operations to curtail the Indian insurgents, there would have been arms seizures and arrests. “Not one has been killed, not one man injured, not one arms seizure till date,” another official remarked.

One of the main groups, the National Socialist Council of Nagaland - Khaplang (NSCN-K) is led by a Myanmar citizen S SKhaplang and draws on a significant number of its troops from Myanmar. In addition, it has close ties with the military establishment and a formal ceasefire agreement with the Myanmar government.

Several northeastern armed groups, including the NSCN (K), UNLF (United National Liberation Front), KYKL (Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup), and NDFB are sheltering in Myanmar.

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