Fri 30 Apr 2010
Filed under: On The Border
In the wake of its drive against Northeast India insurgent groups, the Indian Army has blocked all the foot roads on the Indo-Myanmar border from April 20. The rebels are expected to be flushed out from Burma by the military junta.
“No one is allowed to use the border foot roads. Indian troops are being stationed throughout the border areas over two weeks,” said a local in Aichin village, Tonzang township in Chin state.
Meanwhile, Burmese soldiers are patrolling the Indo-Myanmar border areas like – Hnahlan, Haichin, Aichin and other villages in Tonzang Township.
“Burmese military personnel are still patrolling the border areas. They are not ordinary soldiers, but are known as border defence troops of the military junta,” he added.
India’s northeast insurgent groups are said to be very active in Tonzang Township, northern Chin state in Burma.
“The rebel groups continue to be active in our areas like before. There is no change though the border roads are blocked by Indian soldiers,” said a local.
Following an agreement between the Indian government and the Burmese junta, preparations are afoot for a joint military operation in Indo-Myanmar border areas to flush out Indian insurgents. The agreement between the two governments was reached following high level visits from the Indian side.
The Indian government authorities have already warned the Chin National Front, the Chin ethnic armed group, to stay clear of the flush out operation.