After the surgical strikes in Myanmar by the special commandos of the Indian Army against the northeast militants getting trained at camps, the national security adviser Ajit Doval will be visiting Yangon shortly to extend intelligence and hardware assistance to the junta government led by Thein Sein in its fight against the various insurgent groups in Myanmar.
Doval will be going to Myanmar at the invitation of Major General (retd) Aung Min, minister in President Thein Sein’s office, according to top government. The Indian Army has inflicted “significant casualties” during strikes at two camps of Naga and Manipuri militants during a cross-border operation on Tuesday. But Yangon has, however, denied the entry of India’s special commandos into their territory and said the operation was carried out inside the Indian border.
According to sources, Aung Min had recently written to Doval seeking cooperation in fighting insurgents operating against India as well as Myanmar.
“The dates of NSA Doval’s visit will be finalised shortly. The NSA will not only offer intelligence support to the Yangon government in fighting insurgents but also raise concerns over anti-India insurgent groups based in Myanmar. As Myanmar army has limited capability to take on these groups, the NSA will carry satellite imagery as well as communication intercepts of anti-India insurgent camps to help the Myanmar government take action against the militants,” said a senior official. Foreign secretary S. Jaishankar also raised Indian concerns over insurgent groups during his visit to Yangon in May.
Myanmar has already informed New Delhi about the hospitalisation of NSCN (K) chief S.S. Khaplang in an army hospital in Yangon in April and had expressed concern over the increased anti-India activity of militant groups on it soil.
On June 7 a senior minister of the Myanmar government went to meet Khaplang to ask him about the involvement of his group in the June 4 ambush in Manipur. Khaplang, a Hemi Naga, is a Myanmar national and is undergoing treatment for kidney-related ailments.
Khaplang had broken a longstanding ceasefire with India on March 27. After the withdrawal from ceasefire, Khaplang was appointed chairman of the United National Liberation Front of Western South East Asia — a conglomerate of NSCN(K), United Liberation Front of Assam (Paresh Barua), Kamtapur Liberation Organization (KLO) and National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit faction). Intelligence reports indicate that Barua and Songbijit have been seen near the Taga camps across Arunachal Pradesh in Myanmar.
While reports indicate that two camps of NSCN (K) and a camp with Meitei militants from the Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA), Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) and Kanglei Yawol Kanba Lup (KYKL) cadre camp were annihilated in the Indian Army strike on Tuesday morning, intelligence has identified Starson from Chandel district as the NSCN (K) commander behind the Chandel ambush.
The insurgent group has about 2,000 fighters led by a Naga commander identified as Nikki Soim. Before the Chandel ambush, NSCN (K) rebels had hit Indian security forces in Kohima and Mon districts of Nagaland, apart from three other foiled attempts.