Sending out the strong message that Army will not hesitate to hot pursuit terrorists who challenge the Indian authority, Special Forces in coordination with the Indian Air Force launched a daring operation to neutralise insurgents near the Indo-Myanmar border. The operation began on Tuesday morning when troops engaged two separate groups of insurgents, one of which was along the international border while the other was based along the Nagaland-Manipur border.
The operations are still continuing inside the Myanmar border where Army commandos are hunting down other Northeast terror groups. While 20 terrorists have been killed and two camps of Northeast insurgent groups destroyed, the Indian side suffered no casualties.
In a rare press conference by a senior official, Additional Director General of Military Operations (A) Major General Randhir Singh assured the country that "any threat to our security, safety and national integrity will meet a firm response".
Major General Singh said that Army units got intelligence reports that more attacks were going to be carried out in the region and launched an operation to neutralise the threat.
"Following the attack on our security personnel on 4 June, 2015 in Chandel, Manipur, Indian Army has been on a high alert. In the course of the last few days, credible and specific intelligence was received about further attacks that were being planned within our territory. These attacks were to be carried out by some of the groups involved in earlier attacks on our security personnel and their allies," said the Major General.
"In view of the imminent threat, an immediate response based on intelligence, operations were conducted to counter these planned assaults. Early this (Tuesday) morning, the Indian Army engaged two separate groups of insurgents along the Indo-Myanmar border at two locations, along the Nagaland and Manipur borders. Significant casualties have been inflicted on them. As a consequence, threats to our civilian population and security forces were averted," he said.
"Indian Army is in communication with the Myanmar authorities on this matter. There is a history of close cooperation between our two militaries. We look forward to working with them to combat such terrorism. While ensuring peace and tranquility along the border and in the border states, any threat to our security, safety and national integrity will meet a firm response," the officer added.
The ambush on the 6 Dogra Regiment convoy, which was being deinducted from the area, was carried out by terror groups active on the Tengnoupal-New Samtal road between Paralong and Charong villages at about 9 AM, about 80 km from Manipur capital Imphal.
The army truck carrying soldiers and fuel was first hit by a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) following which the terrorists used rocket propelled grenades and automatic assault rifles to pin down the soldiers resulting in the heaviest casualty suffered by the force in over three decades. Eleven other soldiers were injured in the ambush.
Naga insurgent outfit Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-A (NSCN) along with Manipuri outfit Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) and Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) claimed responsibility for the attack on the convoy.
Several Northeast terrors group have their camps in Myanmar and they routinely cross the porous border to enter Indian, and target security forces and civilians. After carrying out an attack, the terrorists slip back into Myanmar.
China and Pakistan have been using and arming the Northeast terror groups to foment trouble in the region.