The Indian Army is maintaining pressure on insurgent groups with “seek-and-destroy operations and surgical strikes” along the 1,643-km porous land border with Myanmar, even as external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is slated to visit Naypyidaw on Monday.

With India and Myanmar having stepped up bilateral military ties and coordinated border patrolling over the last few years, Swaraj’s visit to Naypyidaw will be the first high-level political exchange after the National League for Democracy government led by Aung San Suu Kyi came to office there in April. Apart from bilateral programmes, military aid and the upcoming BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit in India, the two sides are also likely to discuss measures for better border management during the visit.

The major gun-fight between Army soldiers and National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) militants, which took place near Chenmoho village in Mon district of Nagaland early on Friday morning, is yet another instance of the stepped-up military operations long the thickly-forested border.

As was reported by TOI on Saturday, though there were some reports of Indian paratroopers entering Myanmar for a “surgical strike” against NSCN (K) camps, Army officers said it was “an ambush” laid by its soldiers within Indian territory to target militants trying to infiltrate into Nagaland. “There was a firefight which went on for over two hours. There were no casualties among our soldiers and the militants, who left some weapons behind, fled back into Myanmar,” said an officer.
This comes in the backdrop of Myanmar expressing unhappiness over the cross-border raid conducted by Indian para-commandos against two camps of outfits like NSCN (K), People’s Liberation Army and Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup inside its territory on June 9 last year.

The subsequent chest-thumping by some NDA ministers over the “successful” raid to inflict “significant casualties” among militant ranks, which was undertaken after 18 Indian soldiers were killed in an ambush in the Chandel district of Manipur on June 4, had led to Myanmar raising concerns over its sovereignty.

Indian troops have resumed their intensive operations along the border after the diplomatic furore cooled down. The NSCN (K), which walked out of a 14-year-old ceasefire with the Indian government in March 2015, is being specially targeted in the ongoing operations. “There is some coordination with Myanmarese forces. But the aim is to conduct joint operations to squeeze the militants and get more concrete results,” said an official.

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