High alert across NE after reports of NSCN-K militants entering India
A high security alert has been sounded across the northeast region of the country after reports that NSCN-K militants have entered India for revenge attacks following the Indian Army's strike on insurgent camps along the Indo-Myanmar border.
The move came after a high-level meeting that was chaired by home minister Rajnath Singh and attended by defence minister Manohar Parrikar, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, vice chief of army Lt Gen Philip Campos.
According to the inputs, around 20 militants belonging to the NSCN-K, PLA, ULFA and other groups like the newly-formed United National Liberation Front of West South East Asia crossed the Indo-Myanmar border with the intention of revenge attacks after Tuesday's surgical strike by the army, sources privy to the discussion said.
The top security establishment took stock of the security situation in the entire northeastern region and the fall-out of the army strike.
The government expressed "satisfaction" and may order similar strikes in the future if situation demands as the Tuesday morning army operation was "successful", the sources said.
The army on Tuesday carried out the strike against insurgents believed to be responsible for the ambush on soldiers in Manipur on June 4. The militant ambush left 18 soldiers dead. Apart from the NSCN-K, Manipur-based outfit Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) also refuted reports that its men were killed in the attack.
RPF’s secretary of publicity Roben Khuman said there was no casualty on their side. The Indian security forces retreated when RPF cadres retaliated, he said.
However, the government may exercise precaution taking into consideration the sensitivities involved with regard to Myanmar, where general election is due soon.
Sources said Doval, who will visit Myanmar soon, will brief the Myanmarese leadership about the circumstances leading to India taking the bold step of ordering surgical strike against militants operating from that country's soil.
There have been reports that India informed Myanmar about the army's strike only after completion of the operation and that upset the Myanmar leadership.
However, government has been maintaining that Myanmar has been informed about the army strike "along the border" well in advance.
The meeting also took note of the NSCN-K's attempt to target security forces since June 4 when militants killed 18 army men in Chandel district of Manipur.
At least five such incidents of attempts to target security forces have taken place since June 4, the sources said.
The top security brass emphasised the need for both defensive and offensive steps to be taken in the wake of intelligence inputs that militants were desperate to carry out some spectacular attacks in the northeast.
With inputs from PTI