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NSCN-IM accuses Indian govt of colluding with Myanmar military against NE rebels

KOHIMA: The Isaak Muivah faction of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim (or NSCN-IM) in the March edition of its bulletin ‘Nagalim Voice’ accused the government of India of colluding with the military junta in Myanmar as part of its mission to crackdown on Northeast insurgent groups.

Claiming that it is an “open secret” that the Indian government is colluding with the military Junta, it added that the country’s government is keeping “an eye on the Northeast revolutionary groups operating along the Indo-Myanmar border and extending logistic support to the Military junta.”

Ironically, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) GoI has gone far enough to issue an instruction to the state governments of Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Mizoram not to give shelter to any refugees from Myanmar. In the letters addressed to these four states, it was mentioned that the state government has no powers to grant “refugee” status to any foreigner, the NSCN-IM added in its communique.

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Pointing out that these four states not only share a border with Myanmar but ethnic relations, the NSCN-IM said that the Assam Rifles (AR) has been asked to intensify operation along the border and stand extra vigil.

“These outrageous steps were taken to impress the Military junta and put them in good humour. No wonder the Military junta serves the purpose of GoI in its unholy alliance to suppress the Northeast revolutionary groups in the borderline areas,” it added.

A coup d’état in Myanmar began on the morning of 1 February 2021, when democratically elected members of Myanmar’s ruling party, the National League for Democracy, were deposed by the Tatmadaw—Myanmar’s military—which vested power in a stratocracy.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet recently disclosed to CNN that at least 200 anti-coup demonstrators have been killed since the takeover on February 1.

A good number of Northeast Indian insurgent rebels are firmly entrenched in the neighbouring country that shares borders with several states.

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