NSCN IM Activities Raise Concerns in Nagaland, Myanmar
In a press note, PRO (Defence) Lt Col Sumit Sharma said covert recruitment racket of NSCN (I-M) was busted in Mon on November 21. PRO said, based on specific input regarding group of youth being taken by NSCN (I-M) cadres to Aopao camp from villages under Mon district for recruitment, army and Assam Rifles pursued a bolero pick-up vehicle and intercepted it on Mon-Aboi road, foiling a major recruitment bid.
Two NSCN (I-M) cadres ‘crpl.’ Loajah and ‘sgt.’ Manza were apprehended and 32 youth hailing from Laokkun, Tizit Town, Jaboka, Nokzang, Hatothi (Naginimora) and Chingphoi villages were rescued, PRO added.
It was also revealed that youth from local areas had been lured by various groups on the pretext of providing jobs post Naga solution.
There are reports that some breakaway factions of the NSCN IM are in Myanmar and regrouping to sustain the military campaign while an unconfirmed report indicates that some NSCN IM cadres may have transited to China.
India has already approached Myanmar government on the issue of possible establishment of camps on its territory.
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.