Guwahati, April 21, 2019:
Five leaders of the militant rebel group Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim-Khaplang (NSCN-K) were produced in a Myanmar Court on Friday for sheltering and ‘helping’ other rebel groups.
The Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) accused the NSCN (K) of helping Indian-based rebel outfits like the United Liberation Front of Assam-Independent (ULFA-I), National Democratic Front of Bodoland-Sarawgaira, Kamatapur Liberation Organisation, Peoples’ Democratic Council of Karbi Longri and United National Liberation Front in Myanmar.
They were identified as NSCN(K)’s ‘peace committee’ leader U An Kam, ‘spokesperson’ U Kyaw Wan Sein and officers U Saw Htein, Aung Mai and Aung Sai.
The Naga separatist leaders were arrested by the Tatmadaw (Myanmar army) during a raid on March 9 on the outfit’s liaison office at Khamti in the Sagaing region of Myanmar. Later, they were handed over to the police. They were shifted to police custody on March 26.
The local police have charged them for violating Article 17/1 of the Unlawful Association Act. They will be produced in the Court again on 29 January.
Moreover, it has been alleged that the NSCN (K) was helping the rebels in their fight against India by sheltering them and letting them run training schools.
The Tatmadaw had launched an operation against insurgent groups like NSCN-K and ULFA(I) in Ta Ga area in Sagaing region in Myanmar on 29 January.
In early March, more than a month after taking control of the NSCN-K’s headquarters at Ta Ga, the Tatmadaw arrested 10 of its top leaders and six cadres. On April 5, it released five of the detainees, who were identified as Tomthong, Ngaitum, Manglwan, Athrom, and Longsa.