Indian Army carried out mega strike along Myanmar border

Indian Air Force carried out an Air Strike in Balakot to eliminate the terror camps in Balakot. while all the world and India focused on Pulwama and Balakot Air Strike,Indian army carried out a mega strike in Myanmar to eliminate terror and insurgent groups. They were threat to many mega infrastructure projects which is vital for development of North-east India.

This Operation was carried out by Indian and Myanmar armies jointly between 17th Feb to 2nd March.

While the whole world was focused on western front and Air strike by Indian air Force, Indian Army silently carried out a mega strike in its Eastern border. The Indian Army targeted the Arakan Army, an insurgent group reportedly being raised by the Kachin Independence Army, which is designated as a terrorist group by Myanmar.

According to sources, the big and important infrastructure projects for the North East, which will connect kolkata with Mizoram through the Sitwe port in Myanmar, was on the target of these terrorist organizations. This Mega Project is called Kaladan Project.

Kaladan Project

This Kaladan Project will give the new gateway to connect with Landlocked North-east. The project will finally end up linking Mizoram with mainland of India. This project will reduce the distance from Kolkata to Mizoram by nearly 1000 kilomteres and also reduce the travel time by at least four days.

With intelligence input, Indian army planned the joint operation with Myanmar army in two phases. The main target of Indian army to eliminate the threats to Kaladan project and end these insurgent groups from Myanmar. This is a first of its kind operation by Indian army which went on for nearly two weeks and ended on 2nd March.

Large scale joint operations were launched by the Indian and Myanmar armies.The first phase of this operation to target newly constructed insurgent camps along with Mizoram Border and Part two targeted the deadly Naga group, NSCN (K); Naga Group camps were destroyed up north around 1000 kms away bordering Arunachal Pradesh.

The deployment for the operation included Special Forces of the Indian Army, Assam Rifles and other infantry units. Helicopters, drones and other surveillance equipment.

“In the last two years the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) that trains the Arakan Army in the Kachin State of Myanmar adjoining China had readied around 3000 cadres that moved to the South closing in on areas adjoining the Lawngtala district of Mizoram,” said a senior officer in the security establishment.

According to source, The planning of this operation had been started 2 months ago by Indian Army and At least a dozen camps have been completely destroyed by Indian Army in this operations.

These were exactly the areas that cut through the proposed Kaladan Project that will link Sitwe in Myanmar to Mizoram, sources said.

The Arakan Army is also well trained in setting up Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) making the threat to the project and it workers even greater. “This was a serious concern both for India and Myanmar,” a source said.

The Arakan Army Headquarters are in Laiza also in the Kachin state bordering China falling close to the sensitive India-China-Myanmar trijunction. The Arkran army is mainly a terror group of Rohingyas.

“A deal was cut out that after the action adjoining Mizoram the Myanmar army will hit the insurgent camps of other groups that have been targeting India. This resulted in totally wiping out of Taga, the HQ of NSCN (K). Based on specific inputs provided by us the Myanmar Army hit these camps and is now occupying them,” said a security officer.

The Arakan Army along with KIA is part of the coalition of insurgent groups called the Northern Alliance which is supported by China. According to sources, China was giving support to these group to halt the India’s project in Northeast because China has also been carrying out development projects at Kyaukpyu port near Sitwe.

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