In reaction to the ambush carried out by militants in the Chandel district of Manipur, the Indian army is reported to have launched a major offensive against terrorists on the Indo-Myanmar border. The military operation had received the green signal from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. The military forces have had skirmishes with terrorists at several places although not much information has been divulged in the matter.
A terrorist group attacked the Assam Rifles Regiment in Chandel, Manipur. 6 soldiers including a senior officer were martyred in the attack. The militants would be taught a lesson, was what the military forces pledged in reaction to the incident. The Chief of Army, Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag visited Chandel and discussed the matter with senior military officials. The military offensive was then chalked out and the Defence Minister was informed about it along with the Prime Minister and the National Security Advisor. Following the go ahead from all the three, an intensive manhunt was launched on Friday.
CorCom (Co-ordination Committee) has accepted responsibility of the attack on the Assam Rifles. CorCom is an umbrella group that includes the ‘National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Khaplang’ (NSCN-K) and the ULFA.
The NSCN-K had ambushed a military patrol last year killing 18 soldiers. CorCom has now released a picture of the terrorists who launched the attack last Sunday.
The major offensive undertaken in retaliation of the ambush after the green signal from the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister has seen many an encounter in various places though not much information has been revealed. Last year, a similar military operation supported by Myanmar to destroy NSCN-K camps inside of its borders was executed. However, details of this operation and the no. of militants killed in it were again kept under wraps.