Myanmar military cracks down on Indian militants

18 February 2019
Myanmar military cracks down on Indian militants
(File) Cadres of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) stand guard at a hideout camp near Amarpur inTinsukia district, some 600 kms from Guwahati, the capital city of India’s northeastern state of Assam on June 27, 2008. Photo: AFP

After repeated persuasion by India, the Myanmar government has started a crackdown on Indian militant groups using its territory as safe sanctuary, the Assam Tribune reported.

A permanent camp of the Myanmar army has been set up in the Taga area, where the militants have their bases. The Myanmar government has also turned down a request by a number of militant groups to allow them to set up designated camps within its territory.

According to the Tribune article, highly placed sources in the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) told it that though no mass exodus of militants from their Myanmar bases to India has yet been noticed Indian forces have been alerted to keep a close watch on the routes known to be used by militants to sneak into India from their bases in Myanmar.