E Pao Net Reports Myanmar Army Evicts NSCN IM Cadres
In response to the call by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi when he met State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar on the margins of the ASEAN-India Summit on November 03, 2019 for denying insurgents space to operate across India Myanmar border, Myanmar Army launched operations to evict 300 NSCN-IM cadres from their soil.
The Press Release noted that the, “The two Leaders agreed that a stable and peaceful border was an important anchor for the continued expansion of our partnership. Prime Minister emphasized the value India attaches to Myanmar’s cooperation in ensuring that insurgent groups do not find space to operate across the India-Myanmar border”.
This assertion comes amidst concerns that the Naga groups such as the NSCN IM may be shifting their base to Myanmar after having finalised an accord with the Indian Government interlocutor by 31 October though the final agreement is yet to be inked.
E Pao Net reported that 300 armed cadres of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (IssakMuivah) (NSCN-IM) which have been camping at a forest under the Lesi Township in Myanmar have been driven out by a large number of Myanmar Army.
A source from inside Myanmar said that there were no gun fight between the Myanmar troops and the armed NSCN-IM cadres, but the cadres left their camp along with their arms and ammunitions before the Myanmar army invaded their camp.
“Location of the camp is reported to be in a forest lying between Hengkot and Ngachan village which falls under the jurisdiction of Lesi township of Naga Autonomous Region, Sagaing Division, Myanmar near Indo-Myanmar border pillar number 124 and 125.
The area is popularly known as Somra Track and the NSCN IM camp was reported to have been run under the command of a Retired Lt Gen of the NSCN-IM identified as HangshiRamsom and one Brigadier of the NSCN-IM Nganingkhui.
Some of the top leaders of the NSCN-IM including Col Mahongam and Col Yurho were also staying in the said camp as per E Pao.
The NSCN IM cadres withdrew from the area and there was no fighting as per E Pao.