India will push Myanmar to act against militant leader SS Khaplang and his organisation, the NSCN (K), by presenting evidence of the outfit’s role in a deadly attack on the army last week as well as details of other insurgent groups using the neighbouring nation’s territory, sources told HT.
The two countries are set to look at ways to improve security collaboration including strengthening of a 2014 memorandum of understanding (MoU) on border cooperation during national security adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval’s visit to Myanmar on June 16-17.
The news comes against the backdrop of the Indian Army carrying out an offensive inside Myanmar on Wednesday targeting insurgents believed to be responsible for the ambush in Manipur on June 4 that left 18 soldiers dead.
Sources said Doval’s main focus will be on the dangers the NSCN(K) poses to India and provoking action against Khaplang who is receiving treatment at a hospital in Myanmar.
“A solution has to be found to NSCN (K) and its leader,” a senior security official said.
Khaplang now heads the recently floated United National Liberation Front of West South East Asia (UNLFWSEA) that comprises five more rebel outfits from the north-eastern region, including the ULFA, PLA and NDFB(S), which have set up a unified camp in Myanmar’s Taga area that borders India.
Doval will be carrying evidence, including intelligence intercepts, of NSCN (K)’s involvement in the Manipur attack, officials said, with the two countries set to expedite information sharing in the fight against insurgency, arms smuggling as well as drug, human and wildlife trafficking.
Khaplang, a Hemi Naga from Myanmar, abrogated a 14-year-old ceasefire agreement with the Centre last month, though the NSCN (K) continues to abide by a similar pact with his native nation.
Officials said New Delhi for the time being wants the dust to settle on the military operation, with images of the camps struck by paratroopers in the cross-border raid showing significant devastation, and to convey a message that security issues are not subjects of political rhetoric.
India’s retaliation was quick, analysts noted, adding that real-time action has been evident recently in instances like New Delhi’s response to the Nepal earthquake and the military operation in Myanmar.
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