By : Our Roving Editor
Indo -Myanmar Border : Indian Army conducted a military operation in the international border area early today. Army sources said troops of Indian army inflicted heavy casualties on cadres of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) (K) .
Army sources refused to reveal the exact location of the operation but it was speculated that the operation was in the Nagaland Myanmar border area.
Army claimed that there was violation as far as the international border is concerned . The Army Headquarters at Kolkata looking after the Eastern Sector has not reacted to the incident so far.
According to the statement “Own troops reacted swiftly and brought down heavy retaliatory fire on the insurgents,” Army has clarified that there was no casualty on the side of the Indian army.
Indian Army and NSCN(K) had been in loggerhead with each other with NSCN K killing 18 personnel at Chandel district of Manipur in June, 2015 following which army conducted surgical strikes. Army has been repeatedly conducting operations against NSCN (K) following the ambush along the 1,640-km-long border .
However Agency reports says the Army killed a significant number of Naga rebels in a pre-dawn encounter along the Myanmar border. The operation was not a ‘surgical strike’ the Army essentially said.
The Army’s Eastern Command released information about the operation on Twitter, rebutting reports of high casualties among Army personnel.
There were no casualties among Indian Army soldiers, the Eastern Command said, adding that the gunfight between its troops and the NSCN(K) cadre took place at 4.45 am.
A large number of NSCN(K) cadre were killed in retaliatory firing, the Army said, suggesting that it was more of an encounter that a ‘surgical strike’ launched expressly to eliminate Naga rebels.
The Army’s Eastern Command said that the operation was launched after a group of insurgents attacked an Indian Army column that was moving along the Indo-Myanmar border.
Following the attack, the Army responded with “heavy retaliatory fire” inflicting a “large number of casualties” among the insurgents, the Eastern Command said.
While today’s encounter brought up memories of the 2016 cross-LoC surgical strikes in Pakistan and the 2015 strike on Naga militants, the Army said that soldiers did not cross the international border during today’s operation.
Last year, in a one-of-a-kind operation, Army Special Forces launched an operation to eliminate terror launchpads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Soldiers and officers from the Army’s para regiment crossed the Line of Control and took out a large number of terrorists in a revenge operation launched in response to the deadly Uri attack.
A year earlier, Army troops reportedly crossed the international border into Myanmar and destroyed two militant outposts, preempting a terror attack by Naga terrorists.