Imphal, Feb 2,
North East based armed insurgent group received a thrashing blow as the Head Quarter of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) which has signed peace pact with the Government of Myanmar has been reportedly taken under the control of the Myanmar Army. The NSCN-K Head Quarter is located at a place in Sagaing Region of Myanmar.
The improvement of relationships between the India and Myanmar and their assurance to tackle the problem of insurgency may have been result for the action of the Myanmar army, said a defence source.
According to Myanmar based media report, there was not a single firing taking place when the strong convoy of Myanmar army numbering around 400 coup the NSCN-K head quarter.
The Government of Myanmar has signed a cease fire agreement with some rebel groups of that country and the NSCN-K have also come into such an agreement with Myanmar Government. As a part of the agreement, the Naga rebels can stay in a specific area in Taga. Armed insurgent group of the NE region are reported to have taken advantage of the situation for staying in the facilities of the Naga groups in Taga in Sagaing region of Myanmar.
The report added that members of the NSCN-K’s Peace Committee and some unarmed members of the group remain at the headquarters.
Leaders of the NSCN-K said he did not know why the Myanmar Army sent troops to the NSCN-K headquarters.
“It can be said they have occupied it. There were no casualties or injuries,” The Irrawaddy quoted Tatmadaw, a leader of the NSCN-K.
The NSCN-K signed a regional-level truce with the government in April 2012. It has no plan to relocate its headquarters, because it was established with the agreement of both sides, the report said.
The Myanmar government has urged NSCN-K to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), but the armed group has stated that it would not sign unless and until it reaches an agreement that can cover all the Naga people who live in Northeast India and Myanmar.
The National Socialist Council of Nagaland was founded in 1980 with the aim of establishing a sovereign Naga State. It split into two factions in 1988: the NSCN-K led by S. S. Khaplang, which is based in Myanmar, and the NSCN-IM led by Isak Chishi Swu and Thuingaleng Muviah, which is based in India. S. S. Khaplang died in 2017.
On the Myanmar side, there have been no clashes between the Myanmar Army and the NSCN-K since 2000. However, last July the North-West Command warned then NSCN-K chairman Kham Ngaw not to operate outside its territory. The group was forced to give up one of its toll gates.
The NSCN-K toppled its Chairman Kham Ngaw in a meeting the following month, and elected Yong Awng, the nephew of late leader Khaplang, to the chairman’s position.