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Indian Army Kills 38 Militants in Myanmar

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The News Bureau

As many as 38 Naga militants were killed and seven injured in a swift operation carried by the Indian Army inside Myanmar on June 10. It took merely 40 minutes for the 70 commandos of the Indian Army to finish the operation.

The decision of hot pursuit was taken hours after the Naga militants killed 18 soldiers in an ambush in Chandel area of Manipur on June 4 and clearance was obtained from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the night of June 7,

oon after his return from Bangladesh, sources said.

The commandos of 21 Para, equipped with assault rifles, rocket launchers, grenades and night vision goggles, were airdropped from Dhruv helicopters, just inside the Indian territory near the border with Myanmar, sources said.

Once on the ground, the contingent of the special forces split into two groups and headed for two camps being run by NSCN(K) and KYKL, who are believed to be responsible for the deadly ambush on June 4, they said.

The teams trekked through the thick jungles for at least five kilometers before they reached the training camps. “Each of the two teams were further divided into two sub-groups. While one was responsible for the direct assault, the second formed an outer ring to prevent any of insurgents from running and escaping,” the sources said.

The actual operation (hitting the camp and destroying it) took about 40 minutes. Not only did the commandos kill those present at the camps i

in gun fight, but one of the camp was also set on fire.

Mi-17 helicopters of the Indian Air Force were put on standby, ready to be pressed into service to evacuate the commandos in case anything went wrong..

The operation was carried out based on specific and very accurate intelligence and the operation was overseen by General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the Dimapur-based 3 Corps Lt Gen Bipin Rawat, the sources said.

Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, who had postponed his trip to UK for the operation, was coordinating from the Army headquarters.

The decision to go in for a hot pursuit was taken just hours after the ambush on June 4 in a meeting that was chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Suhag and others.

The Prime Minister gave the final clearance and the operation was overseen by Doval. Sources said that the Army will undertake more such operations in the region if required.

At the June 4 meeting, it was initially suggested that the attack on militants camp should be carried out the very next day, but the Army Chief expressed his inability to carry out the strike at such a short notice.

However, it was decided that the strike has to be executed as early as possible since a hot-pursuit normally is carried out within 72 hours of an incident by militants.

The meeting explored the options of air strike using Sukhoi and MiG-29 fighters as well as ground strike by Special Forces of the army. However, this option was ruled out since the possibility of collateral damage was high in an air strike.

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