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End Of Insurgency In The Northeast?
Northeast India’s insurgents are on the run in Myanmar, their last refuge, with the Tatmadaw (the Myanmar armed forces) launching intense offensive flush out operations in Taga area in north-western Sagaing division on the eastern part of Chindwin river, an area under the control of Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim or NSCN (K).
Sunzu Bachaspatimayum

The Taga adjoins the border town of Moreh in Manipur and is about 60 kilometres away from Moreh. The ground zero of the action is also known as the unified command area of the umbrella group called the United National Liberation Front of Western South-East Asia (UNLFWESE), founded under the aegis of the NSCN (K). The conglomerate of northeast insurgent outfits comprises United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I), the Songbijit-led faction of the National Democratic Front Of Bodoland (NDFB-S), the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), the People’s Democratic Council of Karbi Longri (PDCK), and the Manipuri militant outfits like the People’s Liberation Army of Manipur (PLA), the Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL), the People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) and the United National Liberation Front (UNLF).

Soon after its establishment under the leadership of late veteran rebel leader, SS Kaplang, UNLFWESE asserted its presence by carrying out several strategic strikes against the Indian security forces. One of the most prominent attack of the group under the command of NSCN-K was the Chandel attack on an Indian Army convoy that left 18 soldiers dead and many seriously injured. Retaliation by the Indian Army came in the form of the Indian Army Special Forces launching a surgical strike on two NSCN(K) camps inside Myanmar. The Indian army claimed that they inflicted heavy casualties on the rebels. The Army’s version was disputed by the rebels who mocked the Special Forces by terming the ‘surgical attack’ as a failed attempt to attack their camps and said that none of its cadres were injured. Setting aside the controversy, post Chandel attack, one thing is certain - the government of India is determine to decimate the rebels, particularly the NSCN (K) by wooing the Myanmar government and the Tatmadaw. At that time NSCN(K), which had signed a ceasefire agreement in 2012 with the Sagaing regional government, had been sheltering Northeast Indian insurgent cadres in the unified command areas of Taga. In 2014, immediately upon assuming power, the Modi government followed an appeasement policy while dealing with Myanmar, opening communication channel with the Myanmarese authorities, including the Tatmadaw with the objective of roping Myanmar to decimate the northeast rebels.

A number of senior officials, including National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and top Indian Army generals, visited Myanmar and hosted senior Tatmadaw officers.

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