Inside story: Indian Army's cross-border operation against insurgents in Myanmar
New Delhi: Deadline for this particular operation was finalised 4 days ago , but it ended in 13 hours only. But it was a small part of a big operation which is still going on and it will continue at least for 15 days.
A crucial meeting for formulating its strategy was held between NSA, MoD, Army Chief, MHA officials, Intelligence agencies chiefs and security agencies chief. Go ahead decision was granted by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself.
India asked for help from Myanmar. Bhutan was also kept in loop. First talk took place on diplomatic level and then NSA Ajit Doval personally started coordinating. He was also made head of task force. He discussed about the operation and got assurance of full cooperation for the same.
It was on the line of Operation like -- Operation All Clear, which was launched in 2003-4 (15 Dec to Jan 3) by Royal Bhutan Army.
Deployment of Army on border was increased. SSB, 50 more company of CRPF and Para Commandos of Army, Assam Rifles were deployed.
Helicopter, UAV and Drone were also pressed into service. Around 25 locations in Myanmar and more than 12 locations along border area were identified as possible hideout of terrorists.
Intelligence inputs stated that terrorists have set up more than 20 training camps are in Myanmar including 14 of NSCN-K. There are around 200 NSCN-K militants. These terrorists have also close link with Nepalese Maoist and Bhutan Tiger force and Mynmar rebel groups.
India put pressure on Myanmar and took Myanmar government is confidence to chalked out a joint strategy. Before operation, the Indian Embassy in Myanmar officially informed the government.
During his Myanmar visit, the Prime Minister had discussed the issues of terrorism and the two sides agreed to launch operation against anti-India insurgent. But it was supposed to start after August.
After attack, Modi discussed in detail with NSA, Home Minister, Army officials and security agencies. PM was leaving for Bangladesh tour but he was constantly being informed by NSA, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
India and Myanmar have an agreement to allow troops to enter each other's territory in search of terrorists, but with consent. India did not inform Myanmar in advance fearing possible leak of information and only few top officials were kept in loop.
No casualty was reported from Indian side.Intelligence inputs also suggested that in last few months Chinese PLA played a crucial role in bringing together various insurgent groups in northeast together for a meeting in April in Taga area.